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COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A former Columbus County detention officer is heading to prison for his role in a jailhouse assault.

The United States Attorney’s Office says Senior US District Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced former Sgt. Danny Ray Duncan, 63, to 20 months in prison followed by two years supervised release. Terry McMillian, an inmate involved in the attack, will spend 46 more months behind bars followed by three years supervised release.

“No one is above the law. Those responsible for the beating of this inmate must face consequences for their criminal conduct,” US Attorney Thomas G. Walker said in a statement.

Last fall Duncan admitted that while working on the night shift at the Columbus County Dentention Center in Whiteville on August 2, 2010, he placed a pretrial detainee into a cell knowing there was a substantial risk that the inmates in the cell would assault the man. Duncan also admitted he acted with deliberate indifference to the risk of assault, and that the detainee suffered bodily injury as a result of the assault.

McMillian, 26, who pleaded guilty on December 5, 2011, to conspiring to commit an offense against the United States, was an inmate at the detention center at the time of the assault. Prosecutors say McMillian and another inmate, brutally beat the detainee.

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  • linenlady

    One down and many more to go in Columbus County. Some day the whole sheriff’s department will be together in jail where they all belong.
    Cheers to Judge Howard!

  • Guest 25

    Amen linenlady, this is just the beginning.

  • shaquanna

    Everyone makes mistakes in life even u but its wheather u learn from it or make more. No one can truly judge but god.yes the judge sentence them but god is restoring their heart and sole while they are doing that time.but here’s something to think about but yourself in them shoes.can u see your family without holding them? Can u see your kids and can give them notthing for their birthay or christmas?It hurt talking through a five inch glass window! I hope and pray for them cause I wouldn’t want my worst enemies to be there.

  • guesttttt000000000

    Thats only one is COCO. the rest need to be up in there too!

  • Guest Josie

    I keep wondering when will they take Judge Sasser away and former Judge Gore. These guys are simply amazing in that they can do some things the rest of us cannot. Shameful men in my opinion. Time to give these judges justice too Judge Howard. No one is above the law not even Judge Sasser and former Judge Gore.


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