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.
South Carolina residents may be interested to learn about the recent failed prison escape in neighboring North Carolina. Authorities said that four men attempted to breakout from the Pasquotank Correctional Institution, killing a correctional officer and vocational worker in the process. The four prisoners were charged with murder on Oct. 20.
South Carolina officials reported that the body of a woman that was found after a fire that occurred on Oct. 10 showed that she had been shot to death before the fire occurred. The woman was identified as a 39-year-old and a 38-year-old man was charged with murder the same afternoon.
Many parts of South Carolina might feel far away from big-city crime, but violent crimes have risen for the last two years across the entire country, according to FBI statistics. The swell in violence, including homicides, does not automatically indicate a crime wave. Crime rates had dropped to historic lows for several years preceding the rise, which means 2015 and 2016 might have only been bad years.
On Sept. 21, it was reported that two South Carolina residents were taken into custody after they were accused of arson and murder. The two individuals were identified as a 22-year-old Hartsville man and a 17-year-old Hartsville teen.
According to authorities, a 48-year-old man was taken into custody on Aug. 31 for allegedly being involved in a fatal stabbing that took place in South Carolina. Earlier in the day, a 33-year-old man was found dead just after 6 a.m. at the home of the man who was taken into custody.
Two shoplifters stand accused of causing the death of an 81-year-old man. The victim worked as a loss prevention officer for Sears and confronted the men as they were attempting to take two televisions on Aug. 22. The men pushed the employee down, and he hit his head on a concrete floor. He did not recover from the blunt force trauma to the head and died later at Palmetto Health Richland.
South Carolina residents might have heard about the fatal shooting that killed an executive chef at Virginia's On King in Charleston on Aug. 24. The shooter who also took a hostage was identified as a 53-year-old ex-convict who was fired from the restaurant the day before the attack.