LaRoque-PCUpdate: 3:22 p.m.,The U.S. Marshals Office released a statement indicating LaRoque has to report to prison by next Tuesday.

Stephen LaRoque has a bit more time before he needs to report to prison.

LaRoque, a former Republican state representative from Kinston, was supposed to head to prison within a month of his July 8 sentencing.

But it appears he’s been given an extension.

The U.S. Marshals Service and U.S. Attorney’s Office in Raleigh both confirmed the extension Wednesday, but could not divulge details about why the extension was granted and for how long it will last.

The federal Bureau of Prison’s offender lookup lists LaRoque, 51, as “not in BOP custody.”

Update: On Wednesday afternoon, the U.S. Marshal’s Service issued a statement saying LaRoque will needs to report into prison by next Tuesday, Aug. 18.

From U.S. Marshal Scott Parker:

The U.S. Marshals Service has notified Stephen LaRoque to self-surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on August 18, 2015. We will not disclose his designated Bureau of Prison location. The BOP Inmate Locator is updated daily and should show his location within 24 hours of his surrender. No other information will be released by the U.S. Marshals Service pertaining to this individual.

U.S. Senior District Court Judge Malcolm Howard Jr. had sentenced LaRoque to two years in prison for stealing $300,000 from a federally-funded non-profit he ran. The federal investigation into LaRoque, who once was a powerful member of the House Republican’s leadership team, stemmed from a 2011 N.C. Policy Watch investigation into LaRoque’s management of the economic development non-profit.

At the July sentencing, Howard told LaRoque he could wait to report to prison when a bed was ready in the federal prison system, which can take a month or so. Howard also said in July that he wouldn’t extend that deadline.

The judge also granted an order since LaRoque’s sentencing that permits LaRoque to serve his two-year sentence at the federal prison in Butner, allowing his wife who has medical issues to travel to see him for visits. The Butner facilities include a medical center, as well as low and medium-security prisons.

Another tarnished North Carolina politician, former House Speaker Jim Black, spent his prison term in Butner and Bernie Madoff, the New York financier who ran an elaborate Ponzi scheme, is a current inmate at Butner’s medium-security facility.


Just two months after hearing argument from the parties in the Pitt County Schools desegregation case (read more here), Senior U.S. District Court Judge Malcolm Howard has ruled in favor of the school district, finding that it had in good faith complied with the court’s prior desegregation orders and achieved unitary status.

Wrote Howard:

As Chief Justice Roberts recently stated, times have changed since the 1960s. See Shelby County v. Holder, 133 S. Ct.2612, 2625-26 (2013) (noting that “our Nation has made great strides” in ensuring the civil rights of minorities). Our society no longer tolerates separate lunch counters, drinking fountains, schools and buses for individuals based on the color of their skin, their race, or their ethnicity. Minorities are not only entitled to vote, they “hold office at unprecedented levels.” Id. (quoting Northwest Austin Munic. Util. Dist. No. 1v. Holder, 557 u.s. 193, 202 (2009)). Nevertheless, some individual prejudices still exist and, history tells us, always will. However, it is not the function of this or any other court to assume the role of supervising our schools due to the prejudices of a few. The School Board has proven that the vestiges of state-mandated discrimination practiced over forty years ago have been eliminated to the extent practicable and that the School Board, as well as its predecessor boards, has complied in good faith with this court’s desegregation orders and possesses a good faith commitment to the eradication of de jure discrimination in its schools.

For these reasons, the court hereby GRANTS the School Board’s Motion for Declaration of Unitary Status.

Attorneys for the parties have not yet commented on the decision, but an appeal to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is likely.

Read Howard’s full decision here.