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Habitual felon sentenced on heroin charge

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A Wilson man will spend several years behind bars in connection to drug charges.

On Tuesday, Demetrius McMillian, 33, pleaded guilty to the delivery of heroin with a habitual felon enhancement in Wilson County Superior Court.

Superior Court Judge Walter H. Godwin Jr. sentenced McMillian to roughly 6 1/2 to nine years in prison.

Prosecutors say on Nov. 9, 2017, McMillian delivered heroin to an undercover informant. At the time the incident occurred, McMillian was out on bond on two counts of selling heroin from 2016, according to court records. He also failed to appear in June 2017, officials said.

HABITUAL FELON STATUS

The habitual felon status is based on a defendant’s prior record. A defendant must have three qualifying felony convictions in which there are no overlapping conviction dates. It enhances the underlying felony, which in this case was the delivery of heroin.

McMillian’s three qualifying convictions include:

• In July 2014, he committed the felony of selling or delivering marijuana and was sentenced on that charge in January 2005, Wilson County Superior Court records indicate.

• In January 2008, he committed the felony of intent to sell and deliver marijuana and was convicted in November 2008 in Wilson County Superior Court.

• In March 2009, he committed the felony of possession of cocaine and was convicted in September 2011 in Wilson County Superior Court.

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