Jordan Alexander Duncan, 25, visited the chicken restaurant near Mercer University in Macon in November 2021. He dipped a pot into the fryer and threw hot oil onto an employee, Kevin Early, causing second- and third-degree burns, as reported by The Macon Telegraph. Duncan's motive for the attack remains unclear, but his mother and attorney argued that he struggled with substance abuse and mental health issues.
Duncan has been sentenced to three years in prison and is prohibited from having any contact with Early or the Popeyes restaurant, The Macon Telegraph stated. He pleaded guilty to aggravated battery on Monday. During the court proceedings, Duncan expressed a desire to change and requested additional sentencing at a rehabilitation program in addition to his prison time.
Interestingly, Duncan initially pleaded not guilty in 2022, according to WGXA News.
This is not the first time Duncan has faced legal trouble. In August 2018, while staying at a Macon hotel for military training, he was arrested and charged with various crimes, including theft, possession of a stolen gun, possession of drugs with the intent to distribute, and driving under the influence leading to a crash, as reported by WGXA.
The sentencing of Jordan Alexander Duncan serves as a reminder of the consequences of violent actions and the importance of addressing underlying issues such as substance abuse and mental health. As Duncan begins his prison term, it remains to be seen whether he will take advantage of the opportunity for rehabilitation and personal growth.