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Two nabbed in South Carolina drug bust

On Jan. 11, two South Carolina residents were arrested following a drug raid in Berkeley County. The incident took place at the Simmons Park apartment complex on Daniel Island.

According to media reports, members of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office Drug Enforcement Unit executed a search warrant at the apartment of a 47-year-old man. During the raid, deputies uncovered 500 grams of suspected marijuana plants, 61 e-cigarettes that tested positive for THC and 56 grams of suspected THC wax. Multiple gummy bears were also discovered, and they were sent to a police laboratory for testing.

Bond denied for several people in South Carolina shooting

On June 18 around 12:25 a.m., there was a shooting in South Carolina that injured several people. A 17-year-old man was charged with seven counts of attempted murder in the Myrtle Beach shooting not long afterward. He also faces one charge of carjacking. A 18-year-old man was taken into custody the following month in connection with the shooting and charged with six counts of attempted murder. Both were from North Carolina.

Two teenage brothers from North Carolina, ages 18 and 19, were also charged with six counts of attempted murder in connection with the incident. The 18-year-old was taken into custody on June 30. His brother turned himself in nearly two weeks later. The two were extradited to South Carolina.

Suspect charged in South Carolina nightclub shooting

A 27-year-old South Carolina man is facing a raft of charges including homicide in connection with a shooting at a West Columbia nightclub on Dec. 17. In addition to murder, the Columbia resident is charged with weapons possession, burglary, criminal conspiracy and assault in the first degree. Reports indicate that he was transported to the Lexington County Detention Center for processing after being taken into custody during a traffic stop on Dec. 21.

According to police, the man entered the nightclub and began discharging a weapon shortly after 2 a.m. Police say that they have not yet determined what the motive for the shooting may have been, but they do claim that physical evidence found at the scene led them to believe that the man was the perpetrator.

South Carolina man faces more charges after crying in court

According to news reports, a South Carolina man who has several past felony convictions was recently sentenced to serve 45 months in prison for a dog cruelty conviction. The man reportedly cried in court while he asked the judge to be lenient, and he is now facing more charges.

The 47-year-old man reportedly has convictions dating back to 1987 and has served two sentences in prison. In 1992, he was sentenced to serve 25 years for allegedly trying to hire a hit man to kill two police officers. After being released from his term in prison, the man was then convicted of drug distribution in 2002 and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Decades of wrongful incarceration ended based on missing evidence

In South Carolina, like most states, sometimes bad things happen and they are crimes. Sometimes, they are so serious that they amount to allegations of murder.

An accusation of a crime when one is innocent of that crime is an injustice that our criminal justice system has protections to correct. However, at times something goes horribly wrong and an actually innocent person not only suffers the accusation and trial, but a conviction and sentence of incarceration. Sometimes, that prison term is for a lifetime.

2 teens charged in island murder case

On Dec. 11, it was reported that two more South Carolina residents were accused of being involved in the murders of two people. The two residents were identified as an 18-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman, both from Lady's Island.

The body of a 19-year-old Beaufort man was found on Dec. 2 near Simmons Road on St. Helena Island. The first man was found dead on Nov. 22 near F&B Road on Lady's Island. Authorities said that he had suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Two other teens had already been taken into custody. Both individuals, aged 16 and 18, were charged with two counts of murder and possession of weapon for the purpose of committing a violent crime.

South Carolina man taken into custody on murder charges

A 26-year-old man is facing murder charges following the death of a 53-year-old man in Greenville. The older man's body was found in his home on Dec. 5 after police were called to make a welfare check. According to police, he had suffered trauma to his body. A day later, the other man was taken into custody.

The warrant says the men had an altercation that led to the murder. Police used CCTV and witnesses to identify the man they detained. They found the man in an emergency room with an injury related to the altercation but reportedly not inflicted by the victim.

Understanding stalking laws in South Carolina

South Carolina law acknowledges that there is a fine line between giving extra attention to and stalking someone. The law generally defines stalking as any activity that could cause fear of death or assault. Stalking may also occur when a pattern of activity causes fear of damage to that individual's property or to a family member's property. A person may be charged with aggravated stalking if violence occurs along with other activities that rise to the level of stalking.

Penalties vary based on the severity of the charge. Those who have a misdemeanor stalking charge could face a fine of up to $1,000 and up to one year in prison. Those who face a felony charge could face a fine of up to $5,000 and up to five years in prison. If a person engages in felony stalking while under a court order, the penalties could include fines of up to $10,000 and seven years in prison.

Penalties for felony armed robbery in South Carolina

A person who is armed while committing a robbery in South Carolina will likely be charged with a felony. If convicted on the charge, that person could face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison. The maximum prison sentence for a felony armed robbery charge is 30 years. Furthermore, those who are convicted of this charge must be sent to prison as opposed to being put on probation or given a suspended sentence.

A person is considered to be armed if he or she committed a robbery with a gun, brass knuckles or a similar weapon. An individual may be considered armed if the perpetrator of the crime insinuated that he or she was armed during the commission of the crime. If the victim of the crime or anyone else present while it was committed believed that a perpetrator had a deadly weapon, the charge may still apply.

14 arrested in South Carolina drug bust

South Carolina and federal authorities arrested 14 people on Nov. 15 on suspicion of committing various drug crimes. The arrests, which took place in Beaufort County and nearby areas, are the culmination of a multi-agency criminal investigation that took place over several years.

Beaufort County authorities said that the investigation focused on a drug ring that distributed opiates, cocaine and crack cocaine. During the execution of search warrants, agents seized a number of controlled substances, firearms and vehicles. Much of this evidence will be used to support federal cases against the defendants, but the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office is charging two of the defendants. A 61-year-old Hilton Head man was charged with various counts of possession, sale and distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine within a half mile of a school. Meanwhile, a 54-year-old Hilton Head woman was charged with simple possession of marijuana and possession of cocaine. Both defendants were booked into the Beaufort County Detention Center. The other 12 defendants are being held by federal agencies and will face federal charges.

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