Man gets 27 years for Bluffton home invasion
BEAUFORT – A 27-year-old Yemassee man was sentenced to 27 years in prison on Friday, November 22 for a 2010 home invasion in which three suspects held a family captive while they ransacked the house, searching for cash and other valuables.
Jurors convicted Marion Powell on all counts: first-degree burglary, armed robbery, possession of a weapon during commission of a violent crime and five counts of kidnapping. He was sentenced to 27 years in prison.
On October 25, 2010, Powell and two other suspects burst into a home on Oakesdale Road. They first encountered two children playing in the backyard and forced them inside the house at gunpoint. They then rounded up another two children and headed upstairs to find the mother. The four children, ages 4 to 10, were ordered to sit outside the bedroom, while the defendant and another suspect forced the woman to the ground and screamed that if they didn’t get money, they would kill her.
The woman retrieved $2,200 in cash from the closet. The intruders continued to hold the family at gunpoint while they tore apart the home looking for other items of value. They stole designer handbags, women’s shoes and jewelry.
Powell was identified in police photo line-ups by both the mother and her child. He was arrested in March 2011. The investigation into the other two suspects remains active in light of fresh evidence that was discovered as the case was prepared for trial.
“The bravery and the composure of the child witness was inspiring,” said assistant solicitor Ben Shelton of the Beaufort County Career Criminal Prosecution Team. “She and her mother never wavered in their courageous testimony. I am very pleased that this man will not have the opportunity to terrorize another family for a very long time.”
Powell, who has prior convictions for assault with intent to kill, pointing and presenting a firearm, resisting arrest and forgery, continues to face charges stemming from two other armed robberies. By law, he must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole or any other early-release mechanism.
Judge Brooks Goldsmith handed down the sentence.