Walhalla, SC-- On November 21, 2019, Steven Reynolds, age 20 of 3 Padgett Street, Seneca, pled guilty to two counts of murder, armed robbery, and malicious injury to personal property.  He was sentenced by the Honorable R. Lawton McIntosh to 35 years in prison.  He will not be eligible for parole. 

On September 10, 2018, the Defendant did shoot and kill Timothy Caldwell and David Thomas Tranah during the course of an armed robbery.  Prior to the killings, the defendant did also shoot an unoccupied vehicle belonging to the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office causing damage in an amount between $2000-$10,000. 

The incident in question occurred in an area of Seneca known as “The Compound”.  This is an area known to law enforcement as a hotbed of criminal activity, specifically significant drug, theft, and homeless activity.  The Defendant was well known to those who frequented “The Compound” and had a longstanding relationship with victim Caldwell.  At the time of this incident, both victims were reportedly staying at “The Compound”.  Multiple statements indicated that the Defendant had gone to “The Compound” to collect something victim Caldwell owed him, which is speculated to be a drug related debt.  The Defendant fled the scene after this incident and was apprehended by law enforcement at an Oconee residence the next day. 

 Solicitor David R. Wagner said “I would like to commend the combined efforts of our office and the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office to secure this lengthy prison sentence for Steven Reynolds.  Today’s outcome ensures our community will not be endangered by Mr. Reynolds for decades to come.   This case highlights the violent consequences of the drug epidemic facing our communities nationwide.”

Walhalla, SC --  A Salem man was found guilty today in Oconee General Session Court; 56-year-old Clifton Eugene Smith was tried and convicted of Assault and Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature for his role in a knife attack that left the victim with life-threatening injuries. 

Testimony presented in court over the two-day trial showed that on December 26, 2017, Clifton Smith was riding in a vehicle with the victim, Mr. Michael Todd Reid. A verbal argument escalated until Mr. Smith eventually slashed the victim repeatedly with a pocket knife as his sat in the backseat of the car. The victim suffered from severe blood loss due to extensive lacerations to his hands, arms, chest, and thigh, and was transported from the scene directly to the Greenville Hospital trauma unit.

 Circuit Court Judge R. Lawton McIntosh noted the severity of the attack, as well as Mr. Smith’s extensive history of violent crimes as he imposed a sentence of 15 years in the Department of Corrections. He will not be eligible for parole.

 

Today in Oconee General Sessions Court, a 42-year-old Walhalla man, Joshua “Kid” Jackson entered a guilty plea and was sentenced for his role in a burglary and auto break-in spree that impacted communities across Oconee County. Investigators with the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Seneca, Westminster, and Walhalla Police Departments each contributed to the resolution of Mr. Jackson’s total of 114 individual charges. Circuit Court Judge R. Scott Sprouse accepted the 10th Circuit Solicitor’s Office negotiated sentence of twenty years in the South Carolina Department of Corrections. He will not be eligible for parole.

The majority of Mr. Jackson’s criminal activities spanned a period of time from October 2018 to January 2019 and involved at least two co-conspirators, both of whom pled guilty and were sentenced earlier in the week. Mr. Jackson’s charges included 19 counts of burglary, 50 counts of auto breaking, and 45 counts of associated larcenies and malicious injury to property.

Following sentencing Solicitor David Wagner stated, “Joshua Jackson is a thief and a career criminal who targeted innocent, hardworking citizens of Oconee County.  Today’s sentence ensures he will spend most of the remainder of his life in prison, where he deserves to be.”

Today, Brandon Partain entered a guilty plea to Unlawful Conduct Towards a Child, Dissemination of Harmful Material to Minors, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, and Assault and Battery 1st Degree. 

The allegations were that he fondled a minor on top of clothing, showed pornography to several minor children, smoked marijuana in the presence of two children under the age of 10, and allowed a 13-year-old to smoke marijuana with him. Partain is a registered sex offender. Judge Sprouse sentenced him to a total 18 years active sentence.