November 7, 2014

(Walhalla, SC.) On October 23, 2014, Caleb Nathanael Linart was charged with the murder of Alana Carpenter. The initial autopsy showed evidence of strangulation which led to the arrest of Linart for the murder.  However, based on recent toxicology results, the final cause of death has been ruled a drug overdose.  

Based on these results, the murder charge has been dismissed and Mr. Linart has now been charged with attempted murder.  As this investigation is still ongoing, no further information is available at this time.  


 

 

(Anderson, SC). DeAngelo Sanchez Gantt pleaded guilty in an Alford plea today in Anderson General Sessions Court to Voluntary Manslaughter following jury selection and motion hearings that were conducted on Monday. The Honorable J. Mark Hayes, II, sentenced Gantt to 25 years suspended to 12 years in prison with 5 years of probation to follow. By pleading under North Carolina. v. Alford, 400 U.S. 25 (1970), although Gantt does not admit to guilt, he does concede that the State has sufficient evidence to convict.  

 

On February 16, 2012, Redmond Donald was found lying on his back at Kennedy and E. Hampton St. in Anderson. Donald had been shot 5 times and died at the scene.  

 

“The evidence in this case fully supports today’s guilty plea,” said Solicitor Chrissy Adams.  “This plea and the sentence handed down by Judge Hayes takes a violent man off the streets of our community and ensures he will spend more than a decade in prison.”

June 6, 2013

(Anderson, SC). Raymondeze Rivera was sentenced to life in prison today by the Honorable Lawton McIntosh for the murder of Kwana Burns in December of 2006. Rivera was convicted in 2008 for the murder of Asha Wiley and was tried in 2010 for the murder of Kwana Burns. The conviction in the 2010 case was overturned by the Supreme Court earlier this year.

 

 

Raymondeze Rivera is a violent and dangerous man who has shown no remorse for his crimes,” said Solicitor Chrissy Adams.  “It is disappointing that a South Carolina Supreme Court poverturned Rivera’s previous death penalty conviction.  I am confident that if we took this case to trial again, we would secure another death penalty verdict.  Many factors, however, go in to the decision of whether or not to proceed with a new trial and our primary concern is what is best for the victim’s family.  After lengthy discussions with the family, we have mutually agreed that the emotional burden of a new trial would be too great and the best course is a guilty plea that ensures Rivera will never again be a free man.  It is my hope that today’s plea will help the family to continue to heal from the loss of Kwana Burns and keep them from having to ever again see the inside of a courtroom.” 

 

 

 

February 5, 2013

 ANDERSON, SC. After jury selection and pretrial motions were heard, Walter Chase Alley plead guilty today in Anderson General Sessions Court to Murder. After consideration of the State’s evidence and after hearing testimony from the defense, the Judge made a finding that the defendant was guilty but mentally ill.  The Honorable J.C. Nicholson sentenced Alley to 37 years in prison. Mr. Alley will be sent to the State Department of Mental Health prior to being sent to the SC Department of Corrections to serve his entire sentence.

On July 18, 2011, 86 year old Glenn Craft was shot to death in his home near Belton during a burglary. Alley turned himself in the following day and admitted to shooting Mr. Craft. Three others were also implicated in the murder and subsequently charged.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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