Stumbo announced Friday that a Greenwood County meth cook was sentenced to 15 years in prison after entering a guilty plea just moments before jury selection was to begin in his trial. William Robert Richardson Sr.
Richardson pleaded guilty to manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense, and threw himself on the mercy of the court. He was initially charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, third offense. Circuit Judge Donald Hocker then sentenced Richardson to 15 years in prison, the maximum sentence allowed under state law for the crime. Inside the home was the defendant and his wife. Agents located an active one-pot meth lab as well as all the necessary items to make meth.
Agents also located empty bottles with meth sludge indicating additional meth had recently been made, along with additional items used to manufacture meth in the garage of the home.
Solicitor Stumbo praised the work of his staff along with Lt. Stumbo announced Friday that a Greenwood man was sentenced to 18 years in prison after being convicted of a bank robbery.
Circuit Judge Donald Hocker then handed down an year prison sentence to Smith. On February 18, , a male subject later identified as Smith entered the South State Bank wearing blue overalls with a dark colored hoodie underneath and sunglasses. The armed robber approached the teller in the bank and handed her a note that said he had a bomb and that she was to give him all the money.
The bank bag is where the alleged bomb was located. Once the armed robber had the money, he took the note and left the bank.
He fled on foot and then got in a white Volkswagen Passat fleeing the scene. A picture of the suspect and the white vehicle were posted in the local media and approximately four hours after the incident occurred, a tip was called in that the subject had recently purchased the vehicle used in the armed robbery from Ballentine Ford.
The name of Thomas Allen Smith was given as the customer who bought the vehicle and his address was E. A search of his home revealed the white Volkswagen Passat, the blue overalls, dark colored hoodie, sunglasses and a fresh burn pile. However, Thomas Allen Smith was not located at the home. A former employer of Thomas Allen Smith viewed the bank surveillance video and was able to positively identify Smith as the armed robber.
The investigation continued and two days later an anonymous caller gave a tip that the armed robber was seen at the Lil Cricket on Bypass Solicitor Stumbo praised the work of his staff along with Capt. William Kay, and Sr. Josh Hood and Det.
My office will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with our brothers and sisters in blue to keep our families safe. Stumbo announced Monday that a Georgia man was sentenced to 26 years in prison for his role in the killing of a year-old Greenwood man who was cooperating with police on another crime involving the Georgia man. Circuit Judge Frank Addy Jr. The case against Parks was scheduled to be called for trial during the June 11 term of court in Greenwood County.
In November , Parks and at least one other individual went to a residence on Moss Creek Lane in Greenwood and fired two shots into the window of the residence, hitting Lester in the back. Officers with the Greenwood Police Department were able to revive Lester at the scene, but Lester succumbed to his injuries a week later at Self Regional Healthcare. Parks and Lester were involved in an armed robbery incident together in which a person was shot. Lester gave a statement to police about the incident.
After Lester provided the statement to police, Parks and another man, Blake Parrish, began looking for Lester. Parrish received a text message from someone inside the Moss Creek Lane residence stating that Lester was at the residence. Parks, during the plea proceeding, asserted that it was Parrish who pulled the trigger. Parks was located just days later in the custody of authorities in Georgia on unrelated assault charges. Parks was released in January of this year and immediately turned over to authorities from Greenwood.
Travis Anderson, and Sr. My hope is that the Lester family can now finally begin to heal. Arthur Lee Williams, 27, of Laurens, was found guilty by a Laurens County jury of distribution of crack, third offense, following two days of trial and less than 20 minutes of deliberation. Circuit Judge Donald Hocker then sentenced Williams to 25 years in prison.
The crime is considered a serious offense under state law and Williams must serve 85 percent of the sentence before being considered for parole. Williams has three prior narcotics convictions on his record, making him eligible for life without parole if he commits another serious or most serious offense.
Solicitor Stumbo praised the work of his staff, along with Sgt. Tyrone Goggins and Sgt. Shane Prather of the Clinton Department of Public Safety, in securing the conviction and lengthy prison sentence. Stumbo announced Monday that a Honea Path man will spend more than 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges in connection to a crash that left his 7-year-old step-daughter dead.
A trial on the same charges was scheduled for jury selection Monday morning before Harris elected to change his plea from not guilty to guilty. Just after 6 p. Harris jerked the vehicle back to the left, running off the left side of the road. Harris then jerked the vehicle back to the right, causing it to roll over.
In the vehicle with Harris were his wife and three children, including his step-daughter Abigail who died at the scene.
Harris and his wife were both taken by helicopter to Greenville Health System to receive treatment for their injuries. It was later determined that Harris was driving the vehicle. Harris had a blood-alcohol level of about.
Solicitor Stumbo praised the work of his staff along with the S. Octavious Calliham, 26, pleaded guilty on May 8 to charges of involuntary manslaughter and distribution of Fentanyl, with sentencing being deferred until Friday morning. The imposed sentence is the maximum allowable under state law on both charges. On August 10, , authorities responded to the home of year-old Michael Pridmore after receiving a report of an unresponsive male in the home. Agents with the Greenwood Drug Enforcement Unit were able to locate Calliham, who sold Pridmore the Fentanyl, and perform a controlled buy to obtain deadly Fentanyl pills.
DEU agents immediately took Calliham into custody after the controlled buy was completed. Chad Cox and Inv. Stumbo announced Thursday that a year journey for justice in the brutal killing of year-old James Bolt at the Laurens County Veterans of Foreign Wars building came to and when the killer was convicted and sentenced to life in prison following a trial at the Laurens County Judicial Complex.
A Laurens County jury returned the verdict after deliberating for just under three hours. The investigation led police to Bowers, who was 17 years old at the time, but charges were eventually dismissed by then-Solicitor Jerry Peace.
The investigation continued and new charges were filed in after new information about the murder surfaced. Brenda Roberts was found guilty of accessory after the fact to murder on April 27, and sentenced to 14 years in prison, a sentence handed down by Circuit Judge Frank Addy as a message to Roberts — she was sentenced to one year in prison for every year justice for James Bolt had been denied. Bentley and Pittman both actively worked the case as law enforcement officers with Laurens Police Department.
Bowers was represented by J. Anderson of the Georgetown County Bar. Bowers who steal it for as long as necessary to bring them to justice. It is my hope and prayer that this day in court will be another major step towards peace and closure for Mr. The system, first implemented in under then-Solicitor Townes Jones, has received over 5, referrals for first-time offenders in the four counties that comprise the Eighth Judicial Circuit.
The program allows first-time, non-violent juvenile offenders the opportunity to complete a volunteer program as an alternative to entering the Family Court system and also allows the offender to keep his or her juvenile record clean.
The program utilizes volunteers as arbitrators. An arbitrator conducts a hearing involving the juvenile, parents, victims and law enforcement officers. To be considered for the program, the juvenile must admit guilt. The arbitrator then hears from all parties involved and prepares a contract detailing sanctions for the juvenile, including restitution, apology letters, community service, curfews and written reports, among other sanctions.
Stumbo, juvenile arbitration is rewarding for everyone involved. For the juvenile offenders who find themselves in the crosshairs of prosecution, it is an opportunity to make things right with those who they have victimized and be restored back to the community, hopefully not to offend again. It truly is a great community program that blesses everyone involved. Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age, possess a high school diploma or equivalent and have a clean criminal record.
Volunteers must complete a hour training course. The course will be held from 5: Park Plaza Suite , Greenwood. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Julie Bledsoe at Stumbo announced Wednesday that a Greenwood drug dealer was sentenced to 25 years in prison following a trial at the Greenwood County Courthouse. Dazzelle Demarcus Smith, 33, was found guilty of trafficking cocaine, third offense, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, third offense, and possession with intent to distribute marijuana following a trial that began on Monday and ended Tuesday morning.
Trafficking cocaine is a serious and violent offense under state law and Smith must serve a minimum of 85 percent of the sentence before being considered for parole.
Smith has two prior convictions for trafficking crack cocaine. In November , officers were patrolling the area of Tanyard Avenue on foot when they observed Smith sitting alone in a vehicle that was illegally parked. As they approached the vehicle, officers could smell the odor of marijuana. The odor got stronger as they got closer to the vehicle. Officers located Smith in the vehicle and could see marijuana in the driver side door handle.
Officers asked Smith to exit the vehicle and began to search the vehicle. Officers located multiple plastic bags of marijuana totaling more grams, multiple plastic bags of crack cocaine totaling more than five grams, and multiple baggies of cocaine totaling more than 40 grams. Solicitor Stumbo praised the work of his staff along with Sgt. Reginald Scurry was convicted last week in Newberry County on a charge of trafficking crack cocaine, third offense.