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ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Three suspects are in jail and a fourth is dead after investigators say a man they tried to rob fought back.

The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responded around 7:30 p.m. Sunday to a burglary and gunshot victim at 145 Abbotts Branch Lane near Hubert. Investigators say Brian Bailey, 23, and Michael Holliday, 21, broke into the home while Jonathan Koncir, 22, and Jordan Sanford, 18, waited nearby in a getaway car.

Detectives say while inside the house Bailey and Holliday pointed a 20-gauge shotgun at John Moore and demanded drugs and money. They say Moore pulled out a .22 caliber pistol and demanded the men leave. At some point Holliday (above right) was shot.

Investigators say the four suspects headed to a hospital for Holliday. On the way they hit another vehicle on NC 172 in Hubert. Holliday later died at the Naval Hospital aboard Camp Lejeune.

Bailey, Koncir and Sanford are charged with first degree burglary, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. They are each in jail under $200,000 bond.

According to the NC Department of Corrections website, Sanford was convicted in August of simple assault, trespass and communicating threats. She was sentenced to 12 months probation.

Court records show Bailey has a pending court date next month on drug charges.


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  • If you only knew

    They knew there were drugs bc Moore is one of many in that area selling drugs to the younger generation. I grew up in that area Moore was selling drugs to kids when I was a kid. I’m not condoning what they did you do not take property that is not yours or break into others homes particularly not armed. I know these kids and what they did was very stupid. Drug dealer or not Moore had to do what he had to to protect himself but if the cops would keep these dealers off the streets there’d be less pressure on the youth to go down this Horrible path.

  • Guest-o-matic

    Your very first sentence is dead wrong! Drug crazed criminals routinely rifle through residential homes for prescription drugs, especially with elderly people that tend to need more prescriptions. That’s usually one of their first priorities after breaking in.

    Your term “hero” is unwarranted as well. He simply and very appropriately protected himself and his personal property EXACTLY as the law dictates, he just failed to get all of them. Due to the boldness of criminals and this crappy economy, more and more people are forced to protect themselves and their property with deadly force against desperate criminals and violent home invasions.

    This isn’t speculation, this is fact.

  • Justin

    Don’t be an idiot, sir.

    Plenty of people out there are victims of ignorance and greed.

    You saying that only drug dealers get robbed is like saying the police only arrest bad guys. Wasn’t that long ago that an 80 year old man was shot and killed in his own home. Why? Police thought he had a meth lab, so they raided and killed him, turns out they were wrong.

    Still, even if he did sell drugs. So what? This supposed to be a free country, if the CIA can get away with it, the average Joe should be left alone. His profits aren’t going to fund terrorism like that of the CIA, hell his tax dollars do more damage to innocent Iraqi’s or tribesmen in Afghanistan, or even children Pakistan.

    The war on drugs is a crock.

  • RR

    Only drug dealers get robbed for drugs. One of the suspects has drug related charges in his past. Prob knew that moore sold drugs. Is he still a hero? I would put him in the same class as the perps if that was the situation. Obvious speculation.

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