22-year-old Daniel Jeremiah Minton of Lenoir was found guilty in a Catawba County murder trial that concluded Thursday (June 3). He’ll spend a minimum of more than a quarter-century in prison. The crimes occurred in 2017. Minton was found guilty of second-degree murder in connection to the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Janarion Kaverio Knox of Hickory. In addition, he was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter in connection to the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Branique Stephan McKnight of Conover.
Shortly after 4 p.m. on Thursday, August 31, 2017, Hickory Police Officers were called to 2830 12th Ave SE, Apartment B6, in reference to a report of shots fired. Upon arrival officers discovered both victims in the residence both suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Mcknight and Knox both died at the scene as a result of their injuries. Minton turned himself into authorities on Friday, September 1, 2017.
Minton was sentenced to a minimum term of 304 months, or 25 years, four months, in prison.[Some information for this story provided by Rick Gilbert, WACB]