On September 10th, Shannon Randolph Bryant pled guilty to Trafficking Methamphetamine and received a sentence of 10 years.  This is a no-parole offense and classified as a serious offense for which he will have to serve at least eight and a half years.

On April 8, 2018, deputies from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office  attempted to serve a domestic violence warrant at 211 Morningside Drive in Anderson County on this Defendant.  The deputies entered the home and found Methamphetamine on Bryant.  A search warrant was obtained for the residence and during the execution of the search warrant 282.62g of methamphetamine was found. 

Mr. Bryant is a long-time criminal and has a record that dates back to the early nineties. 

(Anderson, SC).  Yesterday in Anderson County General Sessions Court Larry Edward Adger, III, was sentenced by The Honorable Lawton McIntosh to 25 years in prison and a fine of $50,000 on charges of trafficking methamphetamine 3rd offense, with a weight between 28 and 100 grams, trafficking cocaine base (more commonly known as “crack cocaine”) 3rd offense, with a weight between 28 and 100 grams, and also of possession of a controlled substance, 2nd offense.

After a two-day trial, in June of 2018, Adger was convicted of the charges for which he was just sentenced.  At that time, his sentence was deferred by Judge McIntosh following a request by Adger’s attorney for the opportunity to explore potential appealable issues prior to entry of the sentence. 

The incident that lead to Mr. Adger’s arrest occurred on September 28, 2017.  Members of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office observed a single occupancy vehicle driven by Adger speeding on Market St. in Anderson County.  A traffic stop was initiated by law enforcement.  Before pulling over, Adger sped up and threw a brightly colored lunch bag out the passenger side window of his vehicle.   Deputies observed the lunch bag land in the roadway and quickly retrieved it.  Inside the bag, they found 29.25 grams of cocaine base and 25.08 grams of Pentylone, which is a controlled substance commonly known as bath salts.  A subsequent search of the vehicle uncovered a canister on the passenger side floorboard containing 48.8 grams of methamphetamine pills which were in the shapes of Hello Kitty, Darth Vader, and Optimus Prime, along with over $10,000 in cash.  

Both of the trafficking charges and the controlled substance charge were ordered by Judge McIntosh to be served concurrently.  Adger will also be given credit for 485 days he has already served. 

The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant Solicitor Kristin Reeves of the Tenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office, and private attorney Charles Whiten represented the defendant.

Following the sentencing, Solicitor David Wagner made the following comment: “So many people in our community suffer or know someone who suffers from drug addiction.  The drugs intercepted by law enforcement in this case could have eventually reached many individuals and affected and destroyed many lives.  The methamphetamine pills shaped into cartoon forms present an extreme danger to children.  It is horrific to imagine what could have happened if an innocent child had found these pills, as they could easily have been mistaken for candy.  I am very pleased with the strong sentence handed down by the Court this week, and hope it acts as a deterrent to those who would try to poison our community and expose our children to illegal narcotics and opioids.”

 

Today in Anderson County General Sessions Court defendant Ahmad Neely pled guilty to charges of Voluntary Manslaughter, Criminal Conspiracy, and Possession of a Weapon During the Commission of a Violent Crime for the 2017 killing of Charles Hillery. Neely received a negotiated 30 year active jail sentence. The plea was entered before the Honorable R. Scott Sprouse with attorney Tom Quinn representing the defendant and Senior Assistant Solicitor Lauren Davis Price representing the State. 

On August 13, 2017, Ahmed Neely and 4 co­defendants (Kailyn Dupree, Kemijai Anderson, Ethan Nichols, and Michelle Kirksey) conspired to commit an armed robbery of Travis Perry, who lived on Robinson Street in Pendleton. They believed Perry was a drug dealer and would have cash they could take from him. They retrieved a gun and drove to Perry’s residence. Their plan was for the three male co­defendants to rush into the house and commit the robbery, with Kailyn Dupree acting as their getaway driver. Michelle Kirksey had already proceeded to the home of Mr. Perry, as they had a prior relationship, and her role was to distract him and disarm him. It was confirmed by text messages sent between the defendants that Ms. Kirksey had successfully taken Mr. Perry’s gun and hidden it from him in his closet so he would be unarmed when the other co­defendants arrived. However, the group had not accounted for Mr. Perry’s housemate, Charles Hillery, who was on the front porch of the residence when the car pulled up and as the three male co­defendants approached. Anderson and Nichols, seeing Mr. Hillery, fled. Neely, however, engaged in a confrontation with Mr. Hillery. Mr. Hillary had a gun in his hand when he was struggling with Neely, but it was never fired, and it had apparently jammed. The defendant and Mr. Hillery struggled with one another, and during the struggle Neely stabbed Mr. Hillery at least 28 times, causing injuries which resulted in his death. Charles Hillery had no prior dealings or familiarity with the co­defendants in this case prior to this incident. 

Kailyn Dupree pled guilty to Attempted Armed Robbery and Accessory After the Fact to Murder, Kemijai Anderson pled guilty to Attempted Armed Robbery and Criminal Conspiracy, Ethan Nichols pled guilty to Accessory After the Fact to Murder and Criminal Conspiracy, and Michelle Guadalupe Kirksey pled guilty to Attempted AR and Criminal Conspiracy. All are now awaiting sentencing by the Court. 

Following the entering of the guilty plea, Solicitor David Wagner made the following statement: “This was a senseless act of violence committed by a young man who will now spend more years in jail than he has spent living on earth because he chose to take the life of another. I hope that young people who would be enticed to commit crimes in a misguided attempt to get cash fast will see how tragic this is and will instead pursue honest means of getting ahead through hard work.” 

Walhalla, SC--On Friday, March 1, 2019, Matthew Jason Chappell pled guilty before the Honorable R. Scott Sprouse to Great Bodily Injury to a Child and no contest to Voluntary Manslaughter.  Judge Sprouse imposed a total sentence of 40 years.  Mr. Chappell will not be eligible for parole. 

 On November 21, 2017, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Matthew Chappell’s residence upon report of a three-year-old child that had been injured.  At the time of injury, the child was alone in the home with Mr. Chappell.  The child suffered bi-lateral skull fractures that were ruled by medical professionals to be non-accidental in nature.  When questioned by law enforcement, Chappell asserted that he had been playing with the child when he pushed her and she fell backwards, hitting her head, rendering her unconscious.  Mr. Chappell waited a significant period of time and attempted to clean up evidence of blood in the home before seeking aid for the child.  

Upon further investigation, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office discovered that the injured child’s sister, 22-month-old Gwynne Hess, had died in the very same home on June 9, 2017.  At the time, her death had been ruled accidental in nature.  The investigation into Gwynne Hess’ death was re-opened.  It was discovered, again, that Gwynne was alone in the home with Mr. Chappell at the time of her alleged accidental choking.  Upon further questioning, Mr. Chappell confessed that he had picked up Gwynne and dropped her on the floor causing her to choke.  Based on this information, the decision was made to exhume the remains of Gwynne Hess for autopsy.  The medical examiner found massive fractures to the side and back of Gwynne’s head.  He further opined that the amount of force to cause these injuries to Gwynne’s skull would be the equivalent of falling off a three-story building. 

          “Special thanks for the hard work of Sergeant Tim Rice of the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office.  Sergeant Rice’s diligence during his investigation of the surviving child’s injuries ultimately uncovered that Gwynne Hess’ death was not an accident and ensured Mr. Chappell would be held accountable for all of his actions.” stated Solicitor David Wagner.   “Judge Sprouse’s sentence ensures Matthew Chappell will serve a large part, if not the entirety, of the rest of his life in prison.”