Crime notebook: Four sentenced as habitual felons in Brunswick County

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Marcyl Grainger
Marcyl Grainger

Four people were sentenced as habitual felons on various drug charges during a hearing in Brunswick County Superior Court on Aug. 17, according to a news release from the District Attorney Jon David.

Harvey Lee Grady, 51, of Leland, was convicted as a habitual felon on charge of possession with the intent to sell and deliver crack cocaine. He was sentenced to seven years in the N.C. Department of Corrections. The conviction is the second Grady received as habitual felon, David said. Grady was sentenced to more than 5 years in prison on charges of felony speeding to elude arrest and possession of cocaine in 2008. He also has prior convictions for selling and delivering cocaine.

Nikko Rashawn Hankins, 26, of Supply, pleaded guilty and was convicted as a habitual felon on charges of three counts of possession with the intent to sell and deliver crack cocaine. He sentenced to more than four years in prison. Hankins has several previous felony convictions including drug possession, speeding to elude arrest, firearms possession and breaking and entering.

Jennifer Kane Massey, 32, of Southport, pleaded guilty and was convicted as a habitual felon on charges of two counts of possession with the intent to sell and deliver heroin and two counts of possession of heroin. She was sentenced to more than four years in prison. Massey has previous felony convictions including, firearms possession and possession with the intent to sell and deliver crack cocaine.

Marcyl Jeremy Grainger, 38, of Supply, pleaded guilty and was convicted as a habitual felon on charge of selling and delivering a counterfeit controlled substance. He was sentenced to serve more than a year in prison. Grainger has previous felony convictions, including possession of cocaine and heroin.

The cases were investigated by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit. Assistant District Attorney Chris Thomas prosecuted the cases for the state. Senior Resident Superior Court Judge James Ammons presided over the hearing.

“Statistics show that a small number of defendants are responsible for perpetrating the overwhelming amount of crime in a community,” David said. “My office is working closely with law enforcement to identify repeat offenders and employ a crime fighting strategy called focused deterrence.  Each of these prosecutions is emblematic of this approach.”

Harvey Grady
Harvey Grady
Nikko Hankins
Nikko Hankins

Jennifer Massey
Jennifer Massey