A local preacher was sentenced Monday in a Lincoln County courtroom after a district court judge found him guilty of stalking a relative earlier this year.
Alan Hoyle, 53, of Lincolnton, was arrested on the misdemeanor stalking charge on April 1, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office jail website.
The defendant, known for frequently driving around town in a truck covered with Biblical messages about heaven and marriage and graphic images of aborted fetuses, is set to spend the next two weeks behind bars.
A judge not only suspended Hoyle’s 60-day sentence but also gave him a split-sentence of 15 days in jail and 12 months supervised probation, during which time he is not allowed to contact or harass the victim in the case, Clerk of Court officials said.
Hoyle remains in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $40,000 secured bond.
He has appealed the conviction to Superior Court, clerk officials said, but has yet to receive a Superior Court lawyer.
Attorney Eddie L. Meeks, of the Nichole B. Greene, PLLC, office in Lincolnton, represented Hoyle in district court.
The defendant was also arrested last year in Washington, D.C., after Capitol police charged him with carrying a gun on the property illegally.
Hoyle admitted to the act and said he had gone to the area to protest a Senate vote on gun restrictions.
An update on the 2013 case was not available at the time of publication.