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General Sessions, June 10-21
Published:
5/16/2012 5:49:42 AM
Last Updated:
6/20/2013 1:58:02 PM

A two-week term of General Sessions was conducted in Laurens County June 10-21. Circuit Judge Frank R. Addy, Jr. presided over the week of June 10-14, while Circuit Judge W. Jeffrey Young presided over the week of June 17-21.

The second week of General Sessions began on Monday, June 17 with jury selection in the trial of the State vs. Benjamin Maurice Rhodes. Rhodes, 35, of Clinton, pled not guilty to charges of criminal solicitation of a minor and disseminating obscene material to a minor.
The case was prosecuted by Lloyd Flores and Bethany Miles of the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force while Greenwood defense attorney Rauch C. Wise represented Rhodes.
Prosecutors presented their case beginning Monday afternoon and continuing on Tuesday morning. Wise rested his case that evening and jurors were called back Wednesday morning to begin their deliberation, returning a little over an hour later with guilty verdicts on both charges.
Young sentenced Rhodes to seven years in state prison, suspended to two years, plus five years of probation, and he must register as a sex offender. Rhodes faced the possibility of up to ten years in prison.

The following defendants received sentences negotiated with the Eighth Circuit Solicitor’s Office. Judges must either accept negotiated sentences or deny the guilty plea:

Travis Aaron Thompson, 24, of 98 Flash Drive in Laurens, was indicted for criminal sexual conduct with a minor, but pled guilty to a lesser charge of second-degree assault and battery. Thompson received sentence negotiated with the Eighth Circuit Solicitor’s Office of three years, suspended to four days of time served, two years of probation and 40 hours of community service. Thompson was not prosecuted for committing a lewd act on a minor or contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Bobby Lester Avery, III, 27, of 143 Sydney Lane in Gray Court, pled guilty to attempted drug conspiracy and was sentenced to two years, with credit for three weeks of time served, to run concurrent with a sentence he is currently serving with the South Carolina Department of Corrections. Avery was not prosecuted for possession of a weapon during a violent crime, manufacturing methamphetamine in the presence of a child or unlawful disposal of methamphetamine waste because he pled to other related charges.

The following defendants were sentenced based on recommendations from the Eighth Circuit Solicitor’s Office. Judges may take recommendations under advisement, but are free to impose any sentence within the acceptable range for the crime:

Jennifer Lynn Bunting, 25, of 5622 Mountville Road in Mountville, pled guilty to unlawful neglect of a child and was sentenced under the Youthful Offender Act to no more than six years, suspended to two days of time served and three years of probation.
Scotty Copeland, 37, of 101 Walker Avenue in Laurens, pled guilty to third-degree burglary and was sentenced to three years, suspended to 167 days of time served and three years of probation. Copeland was not prosecuted for possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance because he pled to a related charge.
Ashley Oneill Irby, 27, of 76 Lakewood Drive Extension in Laurens, pled guilty to trespassing and second-degree assault and battery and was sentenced to nine months, suspended to 90 days and one year of probation with credit for 50 days of time served. Irby was not prosecuted for criminal domestic violence because she pled to related charges.
Torris Leprincea Martin, 21, of 101 Brandi Lane in Clinton, pled guilty to unlawfully carrying a pistol and was sentenced to two days of time served.
Edna Diane Stewart, 64, of 405 Hilldale Avenue in Laurens, pled guilty to three counts of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and was sentenced to one day of time served. Stewart was not prosecuted for two counts of distribution of a controlled substance within proximity of a school.
Russell Lee Ivester, 35, of 108 Mary Street in Clinton, pled guilty to attempted drug conspiracy and was sentenced to seven years, suspended to 30 months and three years of probation, with credit for 296 days of time served. Ivester must also submit to substance abuse counseling and random drug testing. He was not prosecuted for a second count of drug conspiracy, two counts of manufacturing methamphetamine or manufacturing methamphetamine in the presence of a child because he pled guilty to other charges.
Clinton Zachary Berryhill, 23, of 1923 Cherry Apple Court in Fountain Inn, pled guilty to driving under suspension and was sentenced to 30 days of house arrest.
Gregory Alan Templeton, 44, of 90 Palmetto Street in Clinton, pled guilty to three counts of manufacturing methamphetamine and was sentenced to 14 years, suspended to five years, with credit for 292 days of time served, five years of probation, substance abuse counseling, and random drug testing. Templeton was not prosecuted for a third count of manufacturing methamphetamine, two counts of attempted drug conspiracy, possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance or distribution of a controlled substance within proximity of a school as part of plea negotiations with the Eighth Circuit Solicitor’s Office.
Shake Javonte Curry, 19, of 431 Hammett Street in Greenville, pled guilty to three counts of third-degree burglary and was sentenced under the Youthful Offender Act to no more than five years in prison. Curry must also pay $1,354.89 in restitution.
Michael Jordan Hughes, 26, of 15813 Highway 56 North in Clinton, pled guilty to forgery and was sentenced to one year in jail, suspended to one day of time served and one year of probation.
Larry Larnell Worthy, 54, of 1224 South Bell Street in Clinton, pled guilty to third-degree assault and battery and was sentenced to 30 days of time served.
Comest Sabitino Allen, 56, of 116 George Allen Drive in Greenville, pled guilty to driving under the influence and failure to stop for a blue light and was sentenced to three years, with credit for 13 months, to run concurrent with a sentence he is currently serving with the South Carolina Department of Corrections. Allen was not prosecuted for possession of a stolen vehicle because he pled to and was sentenced for another charge.
Marvin John Bagwell, 36, of 385 Billy Leopard Road in Cross Hill, pled guilty to receiving stolen goods and was sentenced to 30 days of time served. Bagwell was not prosecuted for second-degree burglary or third-degree burglary due to lack of evidence and because he pled to and was sentenced for another charge.

The following defendants were sentenced without negotiations or recommendations from the Eighth Circuit Solicitor’s Office. Their sentences were entirely determined by the presiding judge:

Akeem Demarcus Boyce, 23, of 218 Springs Street, Apt. 43 in Laurens, pled guilty to failure to stop for a blue light and was sentenced to 18 months, suspended to three days of time served, one year of probation and 40 hours of community service. Boyce was not prosecuted for failure to comply with a law enforcement officer.
Heather Camille Hanvey, 29, of 563 Cheek Road in Gray Court, pled guilty to unlawful neglect of a child and drug conspiracy and was sentenced to 10 years, suspended to 196 days of time served, five years of probation, substance abuse counseling, vocational rehab and random drug testing. Hanvey was not prosecuted for manufacturing methamphetamine in the presence of a child or unlawful disposal of methamphetamine waste because she pled to other charges.
Charles Robert Howard, 36, of 133 Butler Road in Honea Path, pled guilty to second-degree burglary and grand larceny and was sentenced to 15 years, suspended to eight years and five years of probation, with credit for 188 days of time served. Howard was not prosecuted for a second count of grand larceny, possession of a weapon during a violent crime or malicious injury to property because he pled to other charges.
Samuel Jahlil Leake, 21, of 118 Tillman Circle in Joanna, was indicted for assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, but pled guilty to a lesser charge of second-degree assault and battery and was sentenced to 184 days of time served.
Claude Smith, Jr., 63, of 61 Gideon Road in Clinton, pled guilty to pointing and presenting a firearm and was sentenced to nine months, suspended to one day of time served and six months of probation. Smith was not prosecuted for unlawful sale of a pistol due to lack of evidence.
Jeffery Elbert Tate, 45, of 672 Central School Road in Pomeria, pled guilty to possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to 38 days of time served.
Robert Curry Richardson, 48, of 90 Rocky Springs Church Road in Laurens, pled guilty to criminal domestic violence, first offense, and was sentenced to 30 days of time served.
Jerriann Holley, 35, of 102 Mattlong Road in Donalds, pled guilty to possession of methamphetamine and was sentenced to three years, suspended to 36 days of time served and three years of probation. Holley was not prosecuted for possession of a controlled substance.
Curtis Eugene Lyons, 58, of 530 West Paton Road in Laurens, pled guilty to five counts of shoplifting and was sentenced to two years, suspended to seven days of time served and five years of probation.
Martin Timothy Minor, 44, of 206 Sid Lee Road in Waterloo, pled guilty to manufacturing methamphetamine and was sentenced to 10 years, suspended to 60 days of time served, three year4s of probation, substance abuse counseling and random drug testing. Minor was not prosecuted for unlawful disposal of methamphetamine waste.
Marcus Terrell Shands, 28, of 1300 South Harper Street Ext. in Laurens, pled guilty to first-degree assault and battery and intimidation of a court official and was sentenced to six years with credit for 167 days of time served.
Andrea Marie Shockley, 30, of 2818 Highway 39 in Mountville, pled guilty to grand larceny and was sentenced to five years, suspended to four months and five years of probation.
James Andrew Sumeral, 46, of 688 North Harper Street in Laurens, pled guilty to manufacturing methamphetamine and was sentenced to four years, suspended to 21 days of time served, 18 months of probation and 80 hours of community service. Sumeral was not prosecuted for unlawful disposal of methamphetamine waste.
Steven H. Cutlip, 64, of 165 Barnyard Road in Gray Court, pled guilty to manufacturing methamphetamine and was sentenced to five years in jail, suspended to seven days of time served and two years of probation to include substance abuse counseling and random drug testing. Cutlip was not prosecuted for unlawful disposal of methamphetamine waste due to lack of evidence.
Artemis Rishad Dendy, 26, of 261 Forest Road, Apt. 5 in Clinton, pled guilty to possession of methamphetamine and was sentenced to three years in jail, suspended to 190 days of time served and three years of probation. Dendy was not prosecuted for possession of a controlled substance.
Jeffery Phillip Horne, 46, of 3604 Poplar Springs Road in Ware Shoals, pled guilty to possession of methamphetamine and was sentenced to two years and six months in jail, with credit for 138 days of time served. Horne was not prosecuted for two counts of possession of a controlled substance because he pled to and was sentenced for another charge.
Julia Mae Johnson, 55, of 375A South Harper Street Extension in Laurens, pled guilty to distribution of crack and was sentenced to 15 years in prison, suspended to two years, with credit for 82 days of time served and four years of probation. Johnson was not prosecuted for possession of a controlled substance, six counts of distribution of a controlled substance or six counts of distribution of a controlled substance within proximity of a school because she pled to and was sentenced for another charge.
Troy Thomas Lutz, 39, of 207 Grape Arbor Lane in Fountain Inn, pled guilty to disorderly conduct and was sentenced to 30 days of time served in jail. Lutz was not prosecuted for criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature or kidnapping at the victim’s request.
Kenneth Edward Phillips, 43, of 213 Sumter Street in Joanna, pled guilty to possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to three years, suspended to one day of time served, 24 hours of community service and two years of probation, to include substance abuse counseling and random drug testing.
Margie H. Rogers, 54, of 6104 Alexander Drive in Spartanburg, pled guilty to driving under the influence, first offense, and was sentenced to 30 days of time served. Rogers was not prosecuted for possession of a stolen vehicle or driving under suspension.
Terrelle Sinclair Scott, 29, of 224 Buncombe Street in Woodruff, pled guilty to three counts of possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to five years in prison, suspended to 226 days of time served, four years of probation and 80 hours of community service.
Bobby James Padgett, Jr., 55, of 590 Phillips Street, Apt. F4 in Laurens, pled guilty to distribution of methamphetamine and was sentenced to five years in prison, suspended to 144 days of time served, and three years of probation, to include substance abuse counseling and random drug testing. Padgett was not prosecuted for attempted drug conspiracy.
Aaron Leon Snell, Jr., 55, of 156 East Jerry Road in Laurens, pled guilty to attempted drug conspiracy and was sentenced to five years, suspended to 112 days of time served, 40 hours of community service and three years of probation, to include substance abuse counseling and random drug testing. Snell was not prosecuted for unlawful disposal of methamphetamine waste due to lack of evidence.

The following defendants were not prosecuted because they completed diversion programs:

Jeffery Lee Binns, 29, of 3967 Milam Road in Clinton, was not prosecuted for unlawfully carrying a pistol or possession of a controlled substance.
Calvin Dangelo Dowdy, 20, of 115 Baldwin Circle in Clinton, was not prosecuted for breach of peace or three counts of assaulting an officer while resisting arrest.
Leslie Marie Downey, 27, of 695 Grogan Road in Woodruff, was not prosecuted for two counts of unlawful neglect of a child.
Melissa Rose Evans, 23, of 9 Cedar Street in Ware Shoals, was not prosecuted for unlawful neglect of a child.
Michael Lee Gossett, 23, of 705 East Ferguson Street in Clinton, was not prosecuted for driving under the influence, second offense or leaving the scene of an accident with property damage.
Raymond Wesley Harper, 23, of 7 Ridgecrest Drive in Fountain Inn, was not prosecuted for possession of less than one gram of methamphetamine.
Jonathan Duane Neely, 28, of 812 Barnett Road in Cross Hill, was not prosecuted for possession of a controlled substance.
Linda Marie Rodriguez, 27, of 135 Acorn Trail in Fountain Inn, was not prosecuted for assaulting an officer while resisting arrest.
Sherry Willette Smith Starnes, 53, of 325 Smiths Village Road in Waterloo, was not prosecuted for possession of less than one gram of methamphetamine.

The following defendants were not prosecuted because their cases were remanded to other courts:

Charles Robert Howard, 39, of 14514 Indian Mound Road in Ware Shoals, was not prosecuted for receiving stolen goods because he is facing charges of grand larceny in Pickens County.
Robert Lee Hannah, Jr., 19, of 236 Little Acres Road in Clinton, had an indictment for grand larceny remanded to Laurens County Magistrate Court.

The next two-week term of General Sessions in Laurens County is scheduled to begin on July 8. See The Laurens County Advertiser for coverage.

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