St. Helena Island man sentenced to 10 years for 2016 crimes
A Lady’s Island man who was involved in two different crimes in April 2016 has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Maurice Laron Jenkins, 23, pleaded guilty Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, to strong armed robbery and to pointing and presenting a firearm.
On April 21, 2016, Jenkins, who was armed with a pistol, forced the driver of a 2009 Chrysler to the ground and stole a subwoofer speaker while at Jenkins’ home on Lady’s Island. In a separate incident a few days earlier, Jenkins pulled a gun on two men who were in a vehicle on Detour Road in Seabrook.
“In the pointing and presenting case, the victims were able to drive away and escape any further injury,” Assistant Solicitor Dustin Whetsel said. “As prosecutors we are required to evaluate each case individually, but this defendant demonstrated a clear pattern of behavior.”
Jenkins’ criminal record dates back to 2012 with convictions of third-degree assault and battery, receiving stolen goods, second-degree assault and battery and trespassing.
Circuit Court Judge Carmen Mullen handed down Monday’s sentence.