Wilmington man convicted of May 2015 assault rifle robbery

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Terrence McIntyre
Terrence McIntyre

A Wilmington man was found guilty this week of the May 2015 robbery of an assault rifle from a woman.

Terrence McIntyre, 26, was found guilty Wednesday by a New Hanover County jury on charges of common law robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon, according to District Attorney Ben David.

The robbery occurred on May 27, 2015, when the defendant had arranged to purchase a Bushmaster AR-15 from a woman in the 2400 block of Confederate Drive in Wilmington. McIntyre reportedly assaulted the victim and took the weapon.

According to Assistant District Attorney Christa Lawler, the victim was “beat up” and “covered in blood” following the assault. Her injuries required medical treatment. The weapon was never recovered by detectives, but Lawler said the victim had documentation of the weapon, including registration and photographs.

The victim reportedly purchased the weapon from a pawn shop out of Shelby and was trying to sell the weapon for about $2,000 in order to bail her boyfriend out of jail, Lawler said.

Jason Minnicozzi, the defense attorney representing McIntyre, said McIntyre knew the victim through drug sales. McIntyre did admit to detectives that he knew the victim, Minnicozzi said, but denied being at the scene of the assault and robbery.

McIntyre has previous felony convictions of conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious injury from April 2009, according to the N.C. Department of Corrections.

Superior Court Judge Phyllis M. Gorham sentenced McIntyre to 26-50 months in prison.