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State official's son sentenced for probation violation

Posted March 25, 2013

— The son of a longtime state official was sentenced Monday to at least two years in prison for violating his probation.

Bryan Elliott Beatty Jr. was sentenced to 24 to 41 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, which caused his earlier sentence to shift from probation to active jail time.

Beatty was placed on probation in January for two years after being convicted of assault with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, according to state Department of Public Safety records.

Beatty's father, Bryan Beatty, is a member of the North Carolina Utilities Commission and served as secretary of what was then known as the Department of Crime Control and Public Safety from 2001 to 2009. He also led the State Bureau of Investigation for two years.

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  • pappybigtuna1 Mar 26, 5:15 p.m.

    confused by the story, bad guy gets a break? Bad guy does more bad stuff? The father is not a bad guy? Is the bad guy going to jail? The bad guy has to do 2 to 4 years?

    So the father is not a bad guy, he just a father? They mention the father because? Do they want the father to do the prison time?

    Going to sit in the corner and ponder this story

  • lisa4 Mar 26, 1:04 p.m.

    djofraleigh - I agree with you!!! Why list his father's name...you do not see other law breakers have their father/mother's name listed in the news. What is wrong with MEDIA today??????

  • djofraleigh Mar 25, 5:41 p.m.

    The parents have really spent time and money to help their son. That's a fact. What seems unfair, and not necessary to me is to point out the problems of a public official's child in the media. The kid is an adult and his behavior has nothing at all to do with the parents public position.

  • Relic Mar 25, 4:34 p.m.

    His father did his best but he has little to do with his father anymore, obviously. That's by his choice, not his dad's.

  • reel4fun Mar 25, 3:59 p.m.

    Glad to see NC isn't protecting the children of State Officals......now if we could just make sure that all criminals get the time they deserve. I am wondering how much time he will actually spend in jail.

  • Scubagirl Mar 25, 12:07 p.m.

    making daddy proud, he is!

    Too bad he couldn't have learned from just the probation. Hopefully this WILL sink in!

  • thefensk Mar 25, 12:05 p.m.

    "Guess Dad kept him from prison the first time!!"

    That's really not fair. Probation is pretty common. So is the offender mindset to almost immediately push probation to the limit.

  • kornfan2448 Mar 25, 11:58 a.m.

    Just put on probation in January and already violated it? Proof that threat of jail time is no deterrent and some just have no respect or fear of the law.

  • pja1357 Mar 25, 11:53 a.m.

    This should make a good statement to others - you are not above the law just because your parent is a state official. Anyone that breaks the law should have to pay the price. Hope you learn from this lesson and turn your life around.

  • beach2011 Mar 25, 11:11 a.m.

    Guess Dad kept him from prison the first time!! Bye bye!!