Ridgeland man found guilty of burglary
BEAUFORT – A Jasper County man was sentenced to 9 years in prison Friday, May 29, 2015, for burglarizing a local landscaping company in 2012.
Following a two-day trial, a jury found Darrell Heyward, 49, of Ridgeland, guilty of stealing landscaping equipment from the Brickman Group, a landscaping company at 1484 Fording Island Road in Bluffton. He was convicted of second-degree burglary. This burglary is considered by South Carolina law violent because it was because it occurred at night.
Heyward and a co-defendant, Jimmy Gregory, broke into the landscaping company around 2:30 a.m. Oct. 9, 2012, stealing about $4,500 worth of lawn equipment, including weed whackers and backpack blowers. Heyward was an employee of the landscaping company at the time of the burglary.
Gregory pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary on March 20, 2013, and was sentenced to 8 years in prison.
Following the burglary, Heyward and Gregory were pulled over for speeding by police near Rose Hill Plantation. Heyward ran from the scene. Gregory remained behind and was arrested. Officers found lawn care equipment in the backseat of the car.
“There is no doubt that Mr. Heyward is a career criminal,” said Assistant Solicitor Patrick Hall. “He has a history of theft and drug-related offenses dating back to 1990. It’s a very good thing this guy is off the streets.”
Assistant Solicitor Julie Kate Keeney assisted with the prosecution.
Thirteenth Circuit Court Judge Perry Gravely of Pickens, SC, oversaw the proceedings.