PEMBROKE — Lumbee Tribal Administrator Tony Hunt wants to put his criminal problems behind him.
“I regret that this incident ever happened and apologize to my family, tribe and friends,” Hunt said in a statement Wednesday issued through Gary Strickland, the tribe’s Public Affairs manager. “This is behind me now and I look forward to serving my people.”
Hunt, 51, who is a Hoke County commissioner, pleaded guilty earlier this month in Hoke County District Court to charges of resisting a public officer, communicating threats and assault by pointing a gun. All of the charges are misdemeanors.
Four other charges were dismissed — assault on a female; domestic criminal trespass; carrying a concealed gun; and larceny from a person.
All the charges were filed against Hunt as a result of his showing up at his estranged wife’s home in Raeford on Nov. 27 and pointing a gun at her. Reportedly he used his hands to push Linda Hunt in her chest and remained on the property after she ordered him to leave. Both of those charges were dismissed.
According to The Fayetteville Observer, court documents indicate that the Hunts were separated and living apart at the time of the incident. The documents also say that Hunt had a concealed Beretta .22-caliber pistol when he showed up on his estranged wife’s property.
According to court documents, Hunt took a cellphone away from Linda Hunt. That felonious larceny from a person charge was dismissed.
Hunt was charged with resisting an officer because he refused the command of a Hoke County deputy to remove his hands from his pockets and keep them in view. The deputy was reportedly trying to make a call for assistance at the time.
The recent court action came after several court continuances. Continuances were reportedly ordered Jan. 6, Jan. 7, Feb. 5, March 19 and May 14.
On Wednesday, Strickland said that Lumbee tribal officials would not take a public stance.
“We are not commenting at this time because it is a personnel matter,” Strickland said.
Hunt has served as a Hoke County commissioner for 12 years. He won the Democratic Party nomination in the May 6 primary, and is seeking a fourth four-year term in the November General Election.
Hunt, a minister, served in the military and holds several degrees, including one in religion. He has been a member of various community leadership and organization boards and was one of the first to serve on the Lumbee Supreme Court.
Hunt worked with the Hoke County school system doing family outreach before becoming tribal administrator for the Lumbee Tribe.