Clifford Michael Baker pled guilty today in Oconee County General Sessions Court to Murder for the death of 4-year-old Billy Henry in 2004. The Honorable John Few sentenced Baker to life in prison without the possibility of parole. 

Joyce Veal, the mother of Billy Henry, also pled guilty to Unlawful Conduct Towards a Child with respect to Billy Henry’s death. Judge Few sentenced Veal to 10 years suspended to 6 years prison time and 3 years probation.

John Paul Woodard pled guilty yesterday in Anderson General Sessions Court (to Oconee County Charges) before the Honorable J. C. Nicholson to a string of burglaries during the period of May - August 2005. Breaking into homes, mainly stealing firearms along with other property, some of the burglaries occurred at homes he had been in while working for a local cleaning service. He received a 20 year sentence suspended to 15 years active sentence in prison with no parole eligibility and 5 yrs probation and restitution to all victims. 

Denisona Crisp pled guilty to Murder and Possession of a Weapon during the Commission of a Violent Crime today in Anderson County General Sessions Court before the Honorable J. C. Nicholson. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder and five (5) years for the weapons charge. 

In 2001, the defendant was sentenced to death based on the murders of Jeolani Blackwell and Clarence Watson. On January 24, 2005, the South Carolina Supreme Court overturned the conviction of Clarence Watson’s murder based on the inappropriate colloquy between the Judge and the defendant during the guilty plea. Upon review of the evidence, re-interviewing all prospective witnesses and lengthy evaluation of the substantially limited forensic evidence, Solicitor Adams determined that there was insufficient evidence to proceed in an actual capital trial. The lapse in times since the incident has limited the witnesses’ abilities to recall events and to testify in a consistent manner. 

After a 4 day trial, Leroy Archie, age 56, was convicted of murder and the possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime by an Anderson County jury. The Honorable Alexander S. Macaulay sentenced Archie to life without the possibility of parole. 

On August 22, 2005, Archie shot and killed Cathy Galloway in the front yard of the home they shared at 119 Scott Circle in Pendleton, SC. Archie and Ms. Galloway were in the process of separating after approximately 18 years of living together. Several witnesses, including a law enforcement officer, testified that they saw Archie with a gun standing above Ms. Galloway as he fired the last of three shots while she was lying on her back. 

Assistant Solicitor Scott McElhannon sought life without parole on Archie based on his 1987 conviction for Assault and Battery with Intent to Kill when he shot his former wife in the arm. Archie had also been previously convicted of stabbing Cathy Galloway in 2002. 

“The jury’s verdict in this case is evidence that domestic violence will not be tolerated in the 10th Circuit.” Solicitor Chrissy Adams.