An Oconee County jury took less than three hours to find Randy Frady guilty of Murder for the deaths of his father, James C. Frady, Jr., and brother, Barry Frady in Walhalla, SC on September 22, 2004. 

Frady was also charged with Arson 2nd Degree, Burglary 1st Degree and Grand Larceny for events surrounding the murder of his father and brother. 

Judge Perry Buckner, Chief Administrative Judge for the 14th Circuit, sentenced Frady to Life without Parole for each of the murders, 30 years for the Burglary 1st Degree, 25 years for the Arson 2nd Degree, and 5 years for the Grand Larceny. All sentences are to run concurrently.

“Our hearts go out to Jim and Blackie Frady. This was a horrible tragedy for their family. However, justice was served with the jury’s verdict today and Randy Frady will have the rest of his life to think about what he did.” Solicitor Chrissy Adams. 

An Anderson County jury found Larry D. Evans guilty of Possession of a Stolen Vehicle today in Anderson General Sessions Court. The Honorable J. C. “Buddy” Nicholson sentenced Evans to 10 years, the maximum penalty allowed for this crime. Evans was sentenced under an “enhancement” statute due to his prior extensive criminal record dating back to 1983.

On May 28, 2005, Evans was identified as operating a 1987 Dodge Dakota truck which had been stolen on May 25, 2005 from the Advance Auto parking lot on South Main Street in Anderson. He was arrested in Abbeville County on June 13, 2005 while driving the truck. 

"We were very pleased with the jury's verdict and with the maximum sentence handed down by Judge Nicholson. The Anderson County Sheriff's office worked tremendously hard on this case and we were able to present ample evidence for the jury to render its guilty verdict." Solicitor Chrissy Adams.

Jesse Newton pled guilty today in Anderson County General Sessions Court to the charge of Voluntary Manslaughter for the death of Harold Bridges on February 3, 2004 in Anderson County. Circuit Judge Cordell Maddox sentenced Newton to 30 years in prison. 

Newton had corresponded with Bridges on the internet. Bridges went to Newton’s house with regard to their chat room conversation. As Bridges arrived on the front porch, Newton loaded a rifle and exited the home through the back door. He then proceeded around the house, shooting Bridges from approximately 36 feet away. Forty-eight year old Bridges died at the scene.

Because he was only 15 at the time of the incident, Newton was originally charged as a juvenile. However, after a full waiver hearing in juvenile court, Judge Barry W. Knobel transferred jurisdiction of the case to the Court of General Sessions. While being housed at the Department of Juvenile Justice (prior to his 17th birthday), Newton’s records indicate that he had 51 referrals for behavioral problems, mostly assaults on peers and staff. Newton was transferred to the Anderson County Detention Center after his 17th birthday. 

“My staff and I will continue to hold juveniles who commit adult crimes fully responsible for their actions. We hope this sentence will allow the family members of Mr. Bridges to feel some closure to this terrible tragedy. They have our deepest sympathies.” Solicitor Chrissy Adams.

Twenty-six year old Iona Goss of Anderson, SC pled guilty today in Anderson General Sessions Court to the charge of Unlawful Neglect of a Child. Circuit Judge Cordell Maddox sentenced Goss to a term of 8 years suspended to 6 years in prison to be followed by 3 years probation. Goss was also ordered to undergo addiction treatment while incarcerated.

On July 31, 2005, Iona Goss gave birth to a stillborn child at AnMed Hospital. Goss gave a statement in which she admitted using alcohol and smoking crack approximately two hours before giving birth. She also admitted using crack on and off throughout her entire pregnancy. SLED toxicology indicated the defendant had a .015 blood alcohol level and cocaine in her system at the time of delivery. The baby had a .058 blood alcohol level and also tested positive for cocaine. The baby was polydactyl and also had skull and brain deformities. The defendant had previously given birth to a child in 2003 while in drug rehab in Charleston. 

“We are very pleased with the prison term handed down by the Honorable Cordell Maddox. This is a tragic case that resulted in the loss of an innocent child’s life. I can only hope that this sentence sends the message that we will not tolerate women who abuse alcohol and drugs during their pregnancy. We will continue to fight for the maximum sentence allowed by law.” Solicitor Chrissy Adams.