Habitual Felon Status Enhances Sentence On Trafficking Charges

Terry Kenneth Ross Jr., 32, of Conover, will serve an active prison sentence of nearly 11 to 14 years following his conviction for multiple drug offenses and other crimes, and the admission of his habitual felon status during Catawba County Superior Court on Wednesday, September 20, 2023.

The Honorable Gregory R. Hayes, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, imposed the terms of the plea arrangement after Ross entered his guilty plea and admitted to being a habitual felon.

Ross pleaded guilty to two counts of trafficking methamphetamine (by possession and transport), two counts of conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, deliver methamphetamine and maintain a vehicle/dwelling/place for a controlled substance.

In addition, he pleaded to first-degree burglary and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The offenses ranged from October 2021 to January 2022.

The defendant’s sentence length was enhanced by prior felony convictions for conspiracy to deliver marijuana (May 2013) in Wilkes County, sell/deliver marijuana (December 2014) and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana (May 2018), both in Alexander County.

The defendant will serve his period of incarceration in the custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections. The sentence will run consecutively to the prison term Ross already is serving.

In addition to the lengthy prison term, Ross also will be required to pay four mandatory fines of $100,000 for each of the trafficking offenses.

The cases were investigated by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant District Attorneys Howard Wellons and Jonathan Greer handled prosecution for the State, with aid from Legal Assistant Britnee Ulsamer.