On April 10, 2007, Juan Mendez pled guilty in Anderson General Sessions Court to several charges, including Assault & Battery with Intent to Kill, Armed Robbery, and Burglary. Mendez was charged in April of 2006 following a 4-day crime spree during which time he burglarized one home, assaulted one person with a knife, and finally stabbed another person, stealing her purse and her car. 

The Honorable James Williams sentenced Mendez to 20 years on each of two counts of Assault & Battery with Intent to Kill; 20 years on Armed Robbery; 20 years on Burglary; 10 years on Grand Larceny; and 5 years on the weapons charge. These sentences are to be served concurrently. 

Following two days of testimony in Oconee County General Sessions Court, a jury convicted 38 year-old David Anthony Fowler of Fair Play, SC of Burglary 1st Degree, 2 counts of Assault & Battery with Intent to Kill, Armed Robbery, and 2 counts of Petit Larceny. The charges stem from an incident in July of 2006 when Fowler and three accomplices broke into a home on Friendship Road near Seneca, SC, assaulting the occupants and robbing them. Both of the victims required medical attention.

The Honorable Alex Macaulay sentenced Fowler to 30 years in prison on the Burglary 1st Degree and the Armed Robbery; 20 years on each count of Assault & Battery with Intent to Kill; and 30 days on each count of Petit Larceny. The sentences are to be served concurrently. 

On March 9, 2007, after a day and a half of deliberations, an Anderson county jury comprised of six women and six men convicted Maxwell Eugene Sipes of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the First Degree. 
The Honorable Alexander Macaulay sentenced Sipes to 30 years suspended to 25 years in prison with 5 years probation. 

Sipes was charged in September of 2004 after the sixteen-year old victim was forced to seek medical attention following months of being forcibly raped by Sipes, who was a family member.

“The compelling testimony of not only the victim but the medical professionals as well led to the guilty verdict of the jury. Hopefully this verdict will bring closure to the victim and she will be able to move on with her life.” Solicitor Chrissy Adams.

Johnny David Walker, 28, of Walhalla pled guilty Monday, February 26, 2007 to distribution of crack cocaine second offense and trafficking crack cocaine 28-100 grams 2ND offense. Circuit Court Judge James Williams sentenced Walker to 7 years in prison on the distribution charge and 8 years in prison on the trafficking charge. The sentences are to be served consecutively for a total of a fifteen year sentence.

These cases are the result of an undercover narcotics investigation conducted by the Oconee County Sheriff's Office over a period of several months during 2006.

“The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigations team continues to do an outstanding job in cracking down on the drug trade in Oconee County. The thoroughness of their investigations enables the Tenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office to prosecute cases successfully, which in turn helps to protect our community and our children from illegal drugs and the problems they create in our society.” Solicitor Chrissy Adams.