Burdette(Oconee County, SC). On Monday, February 22, jury selection was completed and the videotaped confession of Michael Edward Burdette was admitted by Judge R. Lawton McIntosh. As prosecutors David Wagner and Lindsey Simmons prepared to begin the state’s case  this morning, the defendant pled guilty to Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor, 1st Degree. Judge McIntosh sentenced Burdette to 25 years. 

 

Between June 1, 2010 and January 1, 2011, Burdette sexually abused a nine year old family member multiple times while in his home. The child disclosed the abuse to a parent in February 2015 who immediately reported to the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office. Burdette admitted the sexual abuse to law enforcement during a videotaped interview. 

 

“Sexual abuse is a trauma that no one should have to endure. It is especially traumatic when it occurs at a young age at the hands of a trusted family member,” stated Solicitor Chrissy Adams. “Thanks to the courage of this young girl, the support of her family and the excellent work of Oconee County Sheriff’s Office and Assistant Solicitor Lindsey Simmons and Deputy Solicitor David Wagner, sixty-four year old Michael Edward Burdette will most likely spend the rest of his life in prison.”

(ANDERSON, SC). Michael Nolan Morrill pled guilty today in Anderson General Sessions Court to Felony DUI with Death. The Honorable Cordell Maddox sentenced Morrill to 10 years suspended to 1 year in prison and 2 years home incarceration plus 5 years of probation to follow. 

 

On March 2, 2014, the victim, Julio Sandoval, and the defendant were on leave from the US Navy stationed in Cherry Point, NC.  The victim came to Anderson with the defendant to celebrate the defendant's mother's birthday.  The two left the party at a local restaurant around 11 p.m. in the defendant’s truck travelling down Good Hope Church Road in Anderson. According to the MAIT reconstruction, the truck travelled off of the left side of the road as it was traveling West, then back across the road and off the right side, then again off the left side of the road, striking an embankment and overturning several times before coming to a final rest in an upright position.  The victim was partially ejected from the vehicle and was lifeflighted from the scene but died en route to the hospital.  When law enforcement arrived on the scene, Morrill smelled of alcohol and failed the field sobriety tests. The defendant told Troopers he had been drinking and a search warrant was obtained for his blood. Tests show that his blood alcohol content at the time was .156%.

 

"I hope this terrible tragedy serves as a reminder not to drink and drive,” stated Solicitor Chrissy Adams.  “This is especially important to remember during the holidays. Please, call a cab or call a friend.  Make the safe and smart choice for the safety of others and for yourself.  To do otherwise is selfish, dangerous and can lead to tragic results and criminal consequences.” 

 

(Anderson, SC). Debra Lynne Sheridan was found guilty today by an Anderson County jury of two counts of rabies violations and methamphetamine possession and not guilty on ill treatment of animal charges. The Honorable R. Scott Sprouse sentenced Sheridan to 3 years suspended to 5 years probation as well as to surrender the animals to Anderson County PAWS. A condition of probation is that Sheridan is not allowed to operate an animal rescue while she is on probation. 

 

On March 18, 2015, Anderson County law enforcement went to the residence of the defendant at 818 Hamlin Road in Easley (Anderson County) to perform a welfare check on the animals located on the property. A large number of dogs and cats were found to be without proper shelter and water in a fenced area which smelled strongly of excrement. Several closed kennels were also found with dogs inside in similar conditions as those found outside. Fifty-three dogs and seven cats were seized from the property. Nineteen dogs and three cats were in visibly poor health. Sheridan was unable to provide veterinary records or rabies vaccination documentation for the animals on the property. When searched prior to her arrest, a small baggie which tested positive for methamphetamine was found in Sheridan’s front left pocket. 

 

“While we are disappointed in the verdict, we respect the jury’s decision,” said Solicitor Chrissy Adams.  “The defendant’s continued lack of proper care for these helpless animals is inexcusable.  We are thankful that the Judge saw fit to relinquish the custody of the animals to PAWS where they can now be adopted into loving homes.”