Anderson, SC - Earlier today, Tabitha Roberts, Brandon Davis, and Wesley Malmister were all sentenced for their roles in an Attempted Armed Robbery that resulted in the death of the victim, Justin Ray Williams, and fellow perpetrator of the Attempted Robbery, Casey Waddell, in January of 2016.  The Honorable R. Scott Sprouse sentenced both Malmister and Roberts to 25 years in jail for each of 2 counts of Voluntary Manslaughter and 20 years for Attempted Armed Robbery, all to be served concurrently.  Davis was sentenced to 20 years in jail apiece for 2 counts of Voluntary Manslaughter and 20 years for Attempted Armed Robbery, all to be served concurrently.  Yesterday, Judge Sprouse handed down a 50 year jail sentence to the fourth co-defendant, Randall “Randy” Simpson on charges of Murder, Voluntary Manslaughter, Possession of a Weapon During the Commission of a Violent Crime, and Attempted Armed Robbery.  Special Prosecutor Lucas Marchant, with the Tenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office, represented the State today during the sentencing of Roberts, Davis, and Malmister. 

 

Following the sentencing, Solicitor David Wagner said:  “I am very pleased to see these sentences, and I hope the justice served today will bring some comfort to the grieving families of those whose lives were lost during this violent encounter.” 

 

On January 9, 2016, around 12:30 AM at Pierce Road and Amy Road in Iva, Justin Ray Williams was the victim of an Attempted Robbery perpetrated by Casey Waddell, Tabitha Roberts, Brandon Davis, Wesley Malmister and Randy Simpson.  Roberts, Waddell, Simpson and Malmister had discussed robbing Mr. Williams of drugs they believed were in his possession.  Waddell directed Roberts to call the victim and set up a purchase of methamphetamine at the victim’s residence where they then proceeded, all armed with various firearms.  Along the way, they picked up Brandon Davis.  Davis also armed himself with a firearm.  When they reached Williams’ residence, Roberts got out of the vehicle and went inside the trailer to ensure that he was alone. Waddell, Malmister, Davis and Simpson all exited the vehicle and proceeded to the victim’s home.  While armed with an assault rifle, Waddell jerked the door open, moved past Roberts and demanded that Williams “give it up”.  Williams was armed with a handgun and fired one shot striking Waddell in the head resulting in his death.  Randall Simpson then approached and entered the residence and shot Williams 5 times, with some of the shots penetrating his heart and lungs. He died as a result of those injuries. Roberts, Malmister and Simpson all fled the scene.  Davis ran into the woods and was picked up at a later time.  Following the investigation of this incident by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, Roberts, Davis and Malmister gave full confessions to the investigating officer and the Solicitor’s Office. 

 

 

 

 

Walhalla, SC - An Oconee County jury deliberated for slightly more than 30 minutes before convicting Jaimie Sabio Obregon, 71, of Seneca, SC of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor. The Honorable Thomas L. Hughston, Jr. sentenced Obregon to 25 years for each of two counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor 1st Degree and 20 years for each of two counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor 2nd Degree. All sentences are to be served concurrently. Obregon will be required to register as a sex offender. The State was represented by Assistant Solicitor Catherine Wyse.

 

 In April of 2014, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office received a report that an eleven year old female had reported at school that she had been sexually abused. The child stated that the defendant sexually abused her several times over the course of a year when the defendant was babysitting her. Following a thorough investigation, Obregon was arrested.  

 

Solicitor David Wagner stated, “The crimes this defendant committed are among the most heinous acts that our society sees today. This sentence ensures that the defendant will likely spend the rest of his life in prison.”

 

 

Dw’antraquis Campbell pled guilty to Assault & Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature and Voluntary Manslaughter today in Oconee General Sessions Court. The Honorable Thomas L. Hughston, Jr. sentenced Campbell to 20 years suspended on service of 15 years jail time and 5 years probation.  

 

On March 8, 2015, a rap concert was held at Sonny’s Bar & Grill in Seneca, SC. A rapper from Greenwood was performing when a fight broke out.  The defendant went to his vehicle and returned to the front of the club with a firearm. He then brandished the firearm, displayed gang signs and fired multiple times into the crowd. One shot struck Anthony Holden in the abdomen, who subsequently died. Felisha Campbell (no relation to the defendant) was also struck and required hospitalization. The shooting was recorded on video at the scene. Campbell left his cellphone at the scene.

 

The trial for Randall “Randy” Simpson was set to begin today, but instead, the defendant pled guilty in Anderson General Sessions Court to charges of Murder, Voluntary Manslaughter, Possession of a Weapon During the Commission of a Violent Crime, and Attempted Armed Robbery.  The Honorable R. Scott Sprouse sentenced Simpson to a total of 50 years active jail time.  Simpson received 30 years for Murder, and 20 years for Voluntary Manslaughter, which are to be served concurrently, and 15 years for Attempted Armed Robbery and 5 years for Possession of a Weapon During the Commission of a Violent Crime, which will be served consecutively.  Special Prosecutor Lucas Marchant, with the Tenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office represented the State.

 

On January 9, 2016, around 12:30 AM at Pierce Road and Amy Road in Iva, Justin Ray Williams was the victim of an Attempted Robbery perpetrated by Casey Waddell, Tabitha Roberts, Brandon Davis, Wesley Malmister and Randy Simpson.  Roberts, Waddell, Simpson and Malmister had discussed robbing Mr. Williams of drugs they believed were in his possession.  Waddell directed Roberts to call the victim and set up a purchase of methamphetamine at the victim’s residence where they then proceeded, all armed with various firearms.  Along the way, they picked up Brandon Davis.  Davis also armed himself with a firearm.  When they reached Williams’ residence, Roberts got out of the vehicle and went inside the trailer to ensure that he was alone. Waddell, Malmister, Davis and Simpson all exited the vehicle and proceeded to the victim’s home.  While armed with an assault rifle, Waddell jerked the door open, moved past Roberts and demanded that Williams “give it up”.  Williams was armed with a handgun and fired one shot striking Waddell in the head resulting in his death.  Randall Simpson then approached and entered the residence and shot Williams 5 times, with some of the shots penetrating his heart and lungs. He died as a result of those injuries. Roberts, Malmister and Simpson all fled the scene.  Davis ran into the woods and was picked up at a later time.  Following the investigation of this incident by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, Roberts, Davis and Malmister gave full confessions to the investigating officer and the Solicitor’s Office. 

 

Roberts, Davis and Malmister all entered guilty pleas on April 25, 2017, to two counts of voluntary manslaughter and one count of Attempted Armed Robbery, and will be sentenced at a later date.   

 

Following the plea, Solicitor David Wagner said, “Two lives were senselessly lost because of drug addiction and greed. This sentence sends the right message to would-be violent criminals in Anderson County: You will be found, aggressively prosecuted and may spend the rest of your life in prison.”