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.

On September 10th, Shannon Randolph Bryant pled guilty to Trafficking Methamphetamine and received a sentence of 10 years.  This is a no-parole offense and classified as a serious offense for which he will have to serve at least eight and a half years.

On April 8, 2018, deputies from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office  attempted to serve a domestic violence warrant at 211 Morningside Drive in Anderson County on this Defendant.  The deputies entered the home and found Methamphetamine on Bryant.  A search warrant was obtained for the residence and during the execution of the search warrant 282.62g of methamphetamine was found. 

Mr. Bryant is a long-time criminal and has a record that dates back to the early nineties. 

(Anderson, SC).  Yesterday in Anderson County General Sessions Court Larry Edward Adger, III, was sentenced by The Honorable Lawton McIntosh to 25 years in prison and a fine of $50,000 on charges of trafficking methamphetamine 3rd offense, with a weight between 28 and 100 grams, trafficking cocaine base (more commonly known as “crack cocaine”) 3rd offense, with a weight between 28 and 100 grams, and also of possession of a controlled substance, 2nd offense.

After a two-day trial, in June of 2018, Adger was convicted of the charges for which he was just sentenced.  At that time, his sentence was deferred by Judge McIntosh following a request by Adger’s attorney for the opportunity to explore potential appealable issues prior to entry of the sentence. 

The incident that lead to Mr. Adger’s arrest occurred on September 28, 2017.  Members of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office observed a single occupancy vehicle driven by Adger speeding on Market St. in Anderson County.  A traffic stop was initiated by law enforcement.  Before pulling over, Adger sped up and threw a brightly colored lunch bag out the passenger side window of his vehicle.   Deputies observed the lunch bag land in the roadway and quickly retrieved it.  Inside the bag, they found 29.25 grams of cocaine base and 25.08 grams of Pentylone, which is a controlled substance commonly known as bath salts.  A subsequent search of the vehicle uncovered a canister on the passenger side floorboard containing 48.8 grams of methamphetamine pills which were in the shapes of Hello Kitty, Darth Vader, and Optimus Prime, along with over $10,000 in cash.  

Both of the trafficking charges and the controlled substance charge were ordered by Judge McIntosh to be served concurrently.  Adger will also be given credit for 485 days he has already served. 

The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant Solicitor Kristin Reeves of the Tenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office, and private attorney Charles Whiten represented the defendant.

Following the sentencing, Solicitor David Wagner made the following comment: “So many people in our community suffer or know someone who suffers from drug addiction.  The drugs intercepted by law enforcement in this case could have eventually reached many individuals and affected and destroyed many lives.  The methamphetamine pills shaped into cartoon forms present an extreme danger to children.  It is horrific to imagine what could have happened if an innocent child had found these pills, as they could easily have been mistaken for candy.  I am very pleased with the strong sentence handed down by the Court this week, and hope it acts as a deterrent to those who would try to poison our community and expose our children to illegal narcotics and opioids.”