ROWAN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - Justin Taylor Moss of Salisbury was convicted this week in Rowan County Criminal Superior Court of two counts of felony attempted second degree burglary and two counts of felony larceny after breaking and/or entering, according to a press release from Rowan County District Attorney Brandy Cook.
Moss admitted his status as a habitual felon and Judge Anna Mills Wagoner sentenced him to a minimum of 67 months to a maximum of 93 months in prison.
On October 15, 2017, deputies with the Rowan County Sheriff's Office responded to Brooks Link Drive in Rockwell in reference to a breaking and/or entering. The resident stated that a window at the back of her residence was broken out and jewelry was on the kitchen counter that did not belong to her. As deputies were investigating the incident, Moss walked outside and told deputies that he didn't think the resident's boyfriend would have an issue with him staying there.
Deputies then spoke to a neighbor who stated that her home had also been broken into. She stated that two windows were damaged and jewelry was missing, which was the jewelry located on the neighbor's kitchen counter. Moss stated to the deputies that he had been on drugs and awake for five days.
Moss had previously been convicted of felony attempted common law robbery, felony assault by strangulation, and felony obtaining property by false pretenses, among other convictions.
District Attorney Cook stated that she appreciated the joint effort on behalf of Assistant District Attorney Paxton Butler and the Rowan County Sheriff's Office in holding Moss accountable for his continued criminal conduct. Cook stated that her office identified Moss as a repeat offender at an early stage and his sentence was enhanced accordingly.