(Anderson, SC). Carson Rafeal Nance pled guilty today in Anderson General Sessions Court to Voluntary Manslaughter in the death of Artis Leon Valentine. The Honorable Cordell Maddox sentenced Nance to 30 years suspended to 12 years in prison and 5 years probation. 

On October 27, 2014 on Sanders Street in Anderson, the victim, Artis Valentine and the defendant, who knew each other, had an altercation outside of a known drug house according to several witnesses. During the fight, the defendant punched and kicked Mr. Valentine repeatedly and then fled the scene in the victim’s car. According to autopsy results, the victim died as a result of asphyxiation due to his upper dentures blocking his airway. According to the forensic pathologist, the victim could have survived the beating had the dentures not blocked the airway, although he would have required hospitalization.

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.”