A Marion man charged with possessing meth and stealing weapons and medicine from his grandfather’s safe last December was given at least a year and a half in prison in McDowell County Superior Court.
Danny Joseph Jimison, 28, of 104 Tiptop Drive, Marion, was found guilty of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, felony larceny and possession of a firearm by a felon. He was sentenced 17 to 30 months in prison. He was given credit for 188 days time served.
On Dec. 6, 2016, Danny Franklin Jimison, the suspect’s grandfather who lived at the same residence on Tiptop Drive, reported that while he was out of town, someone broke into his safe and stole $3,100 in items, including four firearms, medication and $1,400 in cash and silver dollars.
The following day, Jimison was charged by Detective Eric Rodriguez of the Marion Police Department on drug offenses after he was found with methamphetamine and two glass pipes. He was indicted on these charges in March of this year.
As Jimison’s drug charges remained pending, an investigation by the McDowell Sheriff’s Office into his grandfather’s theft led to Jimison and two other suspects who were previously charged with the same crimes: 44-year-old Steven Edward Hamm, of 1566 Jesse James Drive in Marion, and 36-year-old Joshua Keith Rumfelt, of 190 Happy Family Lane in Nebo.
Some of the stolen property was recovered.
Jimison did not have a prior criminal history within the state of North Carolina. However, according to bills of indictment on these current charges, he was previously convicted in 2008 for receiving images of child pornography by U.S. Naval Investigation Services. He was sentenced to six months and 19 days in prison for that crime, and registered as a sex offender in May 2009.