Man pleads guilty to burglary in last court session

by | August 2, 2018 5:01 pm

Last Updated: August 2, 2018 at 4:00 pm

A pair of guilty pleas in Colleton County General Sessions Court last week translated into a prison term for a Walterboro man.

Otis Lamont Rhodes Jr., 22, of Walterboro pled guilty to two counts of second-degree burglary. After hearing the plea, visiting Circuit Court Judge Walton McLeod IV ordered Rhodes to serve up to six years in custody under the state’s Youthful Offender Act.

McLeod spent the week working the Colleton County bench with visiting Circuit Court Judge Thomas Cooper.

Rhodes was charged in connection with two home burglaries at a residence on Scuffletown Road. He and accomplices entered the residence on June 23, 2016 and took eight guns. On June 30, 2016, they entered the home again and took 22 guns.

Rhodes and four other county men were arrested by the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office in connection with a string of thefts in the county. Rhodes is the son of former Walterboro Police Chief Otis Rhodes. His arrest occurred in the weeks leading up to the November General Election in which Rhodes was running against Colleton County Sheriff Andy Strickland.

 Jeffrey C. Padgett, 33, of Islandton, pled guilty to a charge of third-degree burglary, was ordered to serve two years of a five-year prison term and then spend 18 months on probation.

He was charged in connection with a burglary of a Ruffin home that was captured on video by the home’s security system.

 Keandra N. Stephens, 22, of Ruffin, pled guilty to a charge of failure to stop for blue lights, was ordered to serve six months of a three-year prison term and then spend 18 months on probation.

Stephens also pled guilty to a charge of child endangerment and was given a concurrent six-month prison term.

 Makayla L. Creel, 23, of Ridgeville, pled guilty to a charge traffic-related involuntary manslaughter, was given a suspended five-year prison term and placed on probation for 18 months.

The charge stemmed from a fatal crash on Aug. 12, 2017 on Red Oak Road near Rebel Lane. A Cottageville woman, a passenger in the vehicle driven by Creel, died in the accident.

 Robert D. Wade, 39, of Walterboro, pled guilty to a charge of traffic-related involuntary manslaughter, was given a suspended five-year prison term with credit for time served and was placed on probation for 18 months.

The charge stemmed from a fatal accident that occurred on Nov. 28, 2015 in the 3600 block of Maple Ridge Road. Wade struck the rear of a farm tractor that was towing a small trailer filled with Christmas decorations. The tractor’s driver was ejected in the collision and pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

 Shuwn Doyle, 19, of Cottageville, pled guilty to a charge of third-degree burglary, was given a suspended five-year term under the state’s Youthful Offender Act and placed on probation for three years.

 Nathaniel J. Seabrook, 45, of North Charleston, pled guilty to two counts of forgery.

On the first charge Seabrook was given a suspended two-year prison term with credit for time served and placed on probation for two years. On the second charge Seabrook was sentenced to time served.

 Dustin J. Beach, 24, of Walterboro, pled guilty to a charge of second-degree burglary, was given a suspended three-year prison term with credit for time served and placed on probation for 18 months.

 Tyheem Lewis, 23, of Walterboro, pled guilty to a charge of habitual traffic offender, was ordered to serve 30 days of a three-year prison term and then spend 18 months on probation.

Lewis also pled guilty to a charge of failure to stop for blue light and was sentenced to time served.

 Argenia B.J. Vaughan, 30, of Walterboro, pled guilty to a charge of possession of methamphetamine, was given a suspended two-year prison term with credit for time served and was placed on probation for two years.

 Marcus T. Lane, 25, of Walterboro, pled guilty to charges of second-degree burglary and malicious injury to property.
Lane was given a suspended five-year prison term and two years’ probation on the burglary charge and was sentenced to time served on the malicious injury to property charge.

 Damon Hampleton, 33, of Cottageville, pled guilty to unlawful carrying of a pistol, was given a suspended one-year prison term and placed on probation for one year.

 Joshua Schuler, 31, of Walterboro, pled guilty to a charge of failure to stop for blue lights, was given a sus- pended 18-month prison term with credit for time served and was placed on probation for nine months.

Adrienne M. Moore, 24, of Brunson, pled guilty to a charge of third-degree burglary, was given a suspended
18-month prison term with credit for time served and then placed on probation for 18 months.

Dontrae D. Lambert, 22, of Round O, pled guilty to a charge of use of a motor vehicle without permission and was sentenced to time served.

David Lee Owens, 47, of Walterboro, pled guilty to a charge of second-degree assault and battery was sentenced to time served.

Phillip A. Yocum, 21, of Cottageville, and Nickolas G. Hiott, 21, of Walterboro, pled guilty to charges of third-degree burglary stemming from a break-in of a Cot- tageville property in September of 2017.
Both defendants were given suspended five-year terms under the state’s Youthful Offender Act and ordered to serve 18 months on probation.

Amanda L. Ferguson, 17, of Cottageville, pled guilty to a charge of accessory after the fact in a felony, was given a suspended one-year term under the state’s Youthful Offender Act and placed on probation for 18 months. She also pled guilty to a charge of use of a motor vehicle with- out permission and was sentenced to time served.

Sarah E. Ferguson, 17,of Cottageville, pled guilty to use of a motor vehicle without permission, was given a suspended one-year term under the state’s Youthful Of- fender Act and was placed on probation for 18 months.

 Shawn A. Werts, 37, of Walterboro pled guilty to a charge of first-degree domestic violence and was sentenced to one year in prison with credit for 82 days al- ready served in custody.

 Shelby T. Cooper, 26, of Walterboro, pled guilty to a charge of third-degree domestic violence, was given a suspended 90-day jail term and was placed on probation for one year.

 Alfonzo L. Green, 32, of Walterboro, pled guilty to a charge of possession of prescription medication, was given a suspended six-month jail term and placed on probation for six months.

 Rebecca L. Laskowski, 20, of Walterboro, pled guilty to a charge of possession of marijuana and was sentenced to time served.

 Kristina Windom, 23, of Walterboro, pled guilty to a charge of resisting arrest and was sentenced to time served.

 John David Simmons Jr., 56, of Walterboro, pled guilty to a charge of violation of an electronic monitoring
order and was sentenced to time served.

comments » 2

  1. Comment by Michael Jackson

    August 2, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    Walterboro home of suspended sentences. If you would lock these people up the town might (big might) actually be decent again. Oh wait the the county would not get the probation money. So kill people while driving, rob people, burglarize homes, and smoke that meth, why because nothing will happen.

  2. Comment by AlphaZulu

    August 6, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    When is Andy Strickland going to be charged with the mass crimes that he commits? He thinks that he is untouchable, but it’s going to be proven that that premonition is false. NO ONE is above the law.


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