Lana Darlene Roper, a former employee of Ryobi Manufacturing in Anderson, SC, was sentenced today to 8 years in prison suspended to 2 years, with 5 years probation and restitution for taking a significant amount of money from her employer during a period of approximately 3 to 4 years. The exact amount was not specified today. A restitution hearing will be held in the future to determine this amount. 

The Honorable Cordell Maddox presided. The case was prosecuted by Assistant Solicitor Scott McElhannon of the 10th Circuit Solicitor’s Office. 

Solicitor Chrissy Adams states: “It is the duty of my office to prosecute all crimes, whether they are white collar or violent crimes. 

Lorenzo Curry pled guilty today in Anderson General Sessions Court to the Armed Robbery of Skins Hot Dogs on August 10, 2005. Circuit Judge Alex Macaulay sentenced Curry to 15 years in the SC Department of Corrections.

Tenth Circuit Solicitor Chrissy Adams has announced that Ernest Don Webb pled guilty in Oconee County General Sessions Court on Thursday, March 23rd, 2006 to Trafficking Methamphetamines 10-28 grams and Felony DUI with Serious Bodily Injury. Judge G. Edward Welmaker sentenced Webb to the maximum sentence of 15 years for Felony DUI with Serious Bodily Injury and 15 years for Trafficking Methamphetamines. Both sentences are to run concurrently.

Webb was charged with Felony DUI in May of 2004 when the vehicle he was driving crossed the center line on Coffee Road and struck the vehicle driven by Greg McCall who was on his way home from church with his minor children. Mr. McCall received injuries to his back and brain which have rendered him permanently disabled. Following blood tests, Webb was found to have methamphetamines, THC, and cocaine metabolites in his system. A warrant was issued for the Felony DUI with Serious Bodily Injury charge at that time.

When Webb failed to appear for his court date in October of 2005, a bench warrant was issued. Webb was arrested on October 20, 2005 at which time he was found to have in his possession 25.31 grams of methamphetamines. He was subsequently charged with Trafficking Methamphetamines and placed in custody at the Oconee County Detention Center where he remained until his current court date.

Otis Ed Brandon pled guilty in Oconee County General Sessions Court today to two counts of Lewd Act on a Minor. The incidents occurred between October 1st and December 6th of 2005 and involved two separate victims. Circuit Judge G. Edward Welmaker sentenced Otis Ed Brandon to the maximum sentence of 15 years in prison on each charge. Brandon was ordered to undergo sexual abuse counseling while incarcerated. He will be required to register as a sexual offender upon his release from prison.