North Carolina’s longest-serving legislator is in court to face charges that he shot a former client who was kicking his front door. State Sen. R.C. Soles is due in Superior Court in Whiteville today on charges of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. The Columbus County Democrat admitted to shooting 22 year old Kyle Blackburn in the leg at the senator’s Tabor City home last August. The 75-year-old Soles said he was acting in self-defense. If convicted, Soles could face 15 to 31 months in prison.

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