A Marion felon with repeated theft, drug and firearm charges was given at least seven years in prison in January.
Terence Floyd Duncan, 32, of Atwood Drive, Marion, was found guilty of two counts of breaking or entering, larceny after breaking or entering, felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of a firearm by a felon and two counts of habitual felon. He was sentenced to 88- to 118- months in prison. He was given credit for 355 days time served. He must pay a court-appointed attorney $1,040.
In Dec. 2014, Duncan and 28-year-old Tony Lee Epperson of Morganton were charged by Detective Billie Brown of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office after it was reported that someone broke into a home on Forest Lake Height’s in Nebo and stole more than $6,000 worth of property. Among the items stolen include a washing machine and dryer, a TV, stereo equipment, a DVD player and assorted DVDs, miscellaneous food items and money.
Brown said the investigation led to Duncan and Epperson, who once lived near the residence on Forest Lake Heights. Most of the property was recovered at the time of initial reporting.
As Duncan’s court case was pending, he was additionally charged on March 7 of last year after Marion police officers performing a routine patrol at Chapel Hill Cemetery discovered an unoccupied gold Nissan Altima with a firearm between the seats, an open bottle of alcohol and a portable police scanner.
According to Lt. Rusty Jenkins of Marion P.D., there was a smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle at the time of their inspection.
As officers checked the vehicle, another vehicle arrived on scene, with Duncan as a passenger, and attempted to move around the police, according to the incident report. Subsequently, Duncan reportedly jumped out of the vehicle and hid in the woods along the tree line, where he was found lying face down covered in leaves during an area search.
The search of the Altima turned up one gram of marijuana, a half gram of methamphetamine and a handgun.
Duncan was held in jail under an $182,000 bond.
The drug and weapons charges by Marion P.D. were dismissed the same month in McDowell District Court, but were later presented to a grand jury to be examined in Superior Court. Duncan was indicted two months later in May.
Duncan has an extensive criminal record of larceny and burglary since 2005, including a minimum eight month prison sentence for repeatedly breaking into vending machines, breaking and entering on school grounds and tampering with an electronic monitoring device between 2011 and 2012.