Ridgeland man sentenced to 20 years in armed robbery case
RIDGELAND, SC (July 19, 2016) – A Ridgeland man who robbed a woman at knifepoint outside a Jasper County bank in January has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.
A Jasper County jury took just 13 minutes on Tuesday to convict Archie Glenn Whitfield, 60, of armed robbery and possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a violent crime.
On Jan. 5, 2016, a woman reported that while standing at the South State Bank ATM on Jacob Smart Boulevard in Ridgeland, a man holding a butcher knife and wearing a gray sweatshirt and jeans robbed her of $120. Ridgeland Police arrived quickly and found the defendant hiding behind a nearby tree. He took off running, but was caught by officers. The stolen cash was found in the man’s pants pocket and the woman positively identified Whitfield as the man who robbed her.
“Mr. Whitfield has a lengthy criminal record from both South Carolina and Georgia,” said Assistant Solicitor Patrick Hall. “Mr. Whitfield is going back to where he belongs.”
Whitfield has convictions dating back to 1978.
Circuit Court Judge Michael Nettles handed down the sentence.