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Man on probation for murder-for-hire scheme arrested again, accused of aircraft theft

December 7th, 2011 4:24 pm by John Thompson

Man on probation for murder-for-hire scheme arrested again, accused of aircraft theft

ELIZABETHTON — A local man is being held in the Carter County Jail for North Carolina officials who have charged him with larceny over $250,000.
Benjamin T. Barrick, 41, 2613 Bob Little Road, was arrested by Carter County Sheriff’s Lt. Keith Range late Tuesday afternoon at the Elizabethton/Carter County Boys and Girls Club on a fugitive from justice warrant.
“He is being held without bond until he can be extradited by the Elizabethtown, N.C., Police Department,” Sheriff Chris Mathes said. Mathes said the North Carolina charges stem from the theft of an aircraft.
Elizabethtown police were notified of Barrick’s arrest and Detective Kip Hester verified the department would extradite Barrick. Barrick will answer the fugitive from justice charge during the next session of the Carter County Sessions Court.
Barrick has had other legal problems in the past year. In January, he was indicted in Washington County on a charge of solicitation to commit first-degree murder. Washington County Sheriff’s Department investigators said the charge stemmed from Barrick’s scheme to hire someone to kill his ex-girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend.
The investigators said the scheme was foiled when Barrick paid $100 as a down payment toward a $1,000 fee. The money was paid to a confidential informant working for the sheriff’s department.
Barrick reached an agreement with prosecutors and entered a guilty plea under an Alford, or best interest, arrangement. As part of the plea agreement, Barrick received an eight-year sentence that was suspended to 15 years probation.
The latest charges are also not the first time Barrick has had problems relating to aircraft.
In 2004, Barrick crashed a helicopter while providing aviation services to the Franklin County, N.C., Sheriff’s Department. A deputy, Ted Horton, was killed in the accident. Following the crash, local news agencies reported that the crash investigation revealed Barrick did not have a pilot’s license, but did not need one if he was flying in an official capacity.

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