Party promoter linked to UNC's Hairston accepts plea deal
Haydn "Fats" Thomas, the Durham party promoter linked to rental cars driven by University of North Carolina guard P.J. Hairston, accepted a plea agreement Wednesday on drugs and weapons charges.Posted — Updated
Under the agreement, Thomas will receive a suspended sentence, serve three years of probation, perform 100 hours of community service and undergo substance abuse assessment.
Prosecutors offered Thomas a plea deal in July, but he had not decided whether to accept it and entered a not guilty plea earlier this month. He made no comment during Wednesday’s hearing in Durham County Superior Court.
Thomas, who has a criminal record dating to 2006, was arrested in Durham last December on charges of maintaining a dwelling for selling a controlled substance and possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a firearm by a convicted felon. In a hearing on the case in June, Griffin, expressed concern that his client could not get a fair trial because of his widely publicized links to UNC basketball players.
He was facing a maximum of 47 months on the firearms charge and 28 months on the drug charges.
Thomas' history includes at least nine offenses – four of them felonies – in Durham and Wake counties over the past seven years. His offenses include drug paraphernalia possession, obtaining property by false pretense, carrying of a concealed weapon, possession of stolen goods and printing and spending false money.
Hairston and two others were arrested in June when police found marijuana in their vehicle during a traffic stop. Hairston was also charged with driving without a license, and the vehicle, a rented GMC Yukon, was traced back to Thomas.
Hairston told police a man he referred to as "Fats" gave him the car to visit friends in Atlanta.
The arrest was Hairston's second run-in with the law. On May 13, he was stopped for speeding while driving a Hertz rental car that was paid for Thomas' wife.
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