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Murder suspect served as convicted felon in National Guard

Posted August 15, 2011

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— A man accused of killing and dismembering a Fayetteville woman served twice in the North Carolina National Guard, despite the fact that he had been convicted of a felony assault charge involving his wife more than 20 years ago.

Terry Dale Robinson Jr., 44, of Fayetteville, was arrested last week and charged with first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping in the death of Erica Cherie Gainey, 24, who disappeared in June.

Her remains were found last week inside a duffel bag in an SUV in Robeson County.

Robinson spent six years in prison after being convicted in 1989 of assaulting his estranged wife, who went into a coma and died two years later of her injuries.

He was in the National Guard from 1985 to 1987 and then again from 2001 to 2006. National Guard policy prohibits anyone with a felony conviction from serving.

Col. Robert Carver, a spokesman for the National Guard, says background checks were not as thorough at the time and, had it been known then, he would never have been allowed to enlist.

"At the time of his enlistment in 2001, there was only a requirement for a local records check, so he would have been checked in the county of residence," Carver said Monday. "So, if there was anything in a surrounding county, we would not have known about."

Robinson was living in Cumberland County when he enlisted in 2001, but his assault conviction was in Guilford County.

The National Guard has since changed the way it handles background checks and now does a national criminal records search on all enlisted personnel, Carver said.

Carver says that there are 12,000 Guard members in North Carolina and that 99 percent have no criminal records.

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  • Sherlock Aug 19, 2011

    Still one % in the Guard????? also what about the officers do they not have background checks or is the enlisted are the only ones that would have a record????

  • ftpc99 Aug 17, 2011

    The shape our country is in has absolutely nothing to do with our military as a whole, or it's individual members.

  • frankbad15 Aug 16, 2011

    I think someones math was for 10% of 12000, not 1% LOL

  • Tarheelfan13 Aug 16, 2011

    If he had served at the federal level i.e. regular Army or regular Army reserve it would have been caught when a background check was performed. One thing to note also is that had the felony been before his initial enlistment that the MEPS(Military Entrance Processing Station) would have caught it.

  • ncmickey Aug 16, 2011

    Slip of the keyboard on the math....
    I know all about criminal records....thanks for the speech. I even have one of my own....

  • tiredofgovtwaste Aug 16, 2011

    NCMICKEY do you understand what a criminal record is? It appears not from your holy attitude. Information found in a criminal record varies between states, and even between jurisdictions within a county. For NC you can find a list of the activities that are classified as criminal in North Carolina General Statutes Chapter 14 Criminal Law. It can lists all non-expunged criminal offenses and may also include traffic offenses such as speeding , running a red light and drunk-driving. In some states/jurisdictions the record is limited to actual convictions (where the individual has pleaded guilty or been declared guilty by a qualified court) while in others it also includes arrests, charges dismissed, charges pending and even charges of which the individual has been acquitted. So before you judge maybe you need to look at yourself and those you love, as I am sure that someone in that group has a criminal record, whether you know it or not. Judge least you be judged!

  • jbarron4950 Aug 16, 2011

    So there is only 1200 with criminal records....yea...great job! No wonder this country is in such bad shape.......ncmickey

    As I said earlier, 1% of 12,000 is 120 and not 1,200 and there was no breakdown on what the crimes were. Some may very well be low profile misdemeanors, (shoplifting, jaywalking, failure to pay sales tax, etc.) The country is in such sad because people like you assume too much, give the wrong informatiom like you just did, or just don't know the facts. I guess that you believe that anyone who has had a run-in witht the law doesn't deserve to be a member of society.

  • jbarron4950 Aug 16, 2011

    So there is only 1200 with criminal records....yea...great job! No wonder this country is in such bad shape.........ncmickey

    1% of 12,000 is 120, and not 1,200. Do the math.

  • ncmickey Aug 16, 2011

    "Carver says that there are 12,000 Guard members in North Carolina and that 99 percent have no criminal records."

    So there is only 1200 with criminal records....yea...great job! No wonder this country is in such bad shape.

  • Rebelyell55 Aug 15, 2011

    So he lied huh, could that now mean he has to pay back all that money?