Thomas Ray Osborne, Jr. 21, of Anderson, SC, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for charges originating from a crime spree which began in August of 2005 and ended with his arrest in May of 2006. Osborne was charged with multiple counts of Burglary, Grand Larceny, Petit Larceny, Armed Robbery, and Assaults. 

The Honorable J. C. “Buddy” Nicholson presided.

“We were very pleased with the sentence imposed in this case. The residents of Anderson County won’t have to worry about Mr. Osborne for many years to come.” Solicitor Chrissy Adams.

Leonel Penaloza pled guilty today in Anderson County General Sessions Court before the Honorable John C. Hayes. Penaloza received 25 years for Trafficking Cocaine in excess of 400 grams and 25 years for Trafficking Methamphetamines in excess of 400 grams. The sentences are to be served concurrently and are non-parolable. 

Penaloza was arrested following an I-85 traffic stop on October 20, 2006 in Anderson County. Anderson County Sheriff’s officers located a hidden compartment in the gas tank of Penaloza’s vehicle. Hidden inside the gas tank the officers found approximately 20 pounds of cocaine and one pound of methamphetamine. 

“Drug smugglers are constantly looking for new ways to get drugs into communities and into the hands of buyers. The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office is to be commended for preventing this from happening in this case. Their diligence and work helped my office to prepare an excellent case against Mr. Penaloza. Hopefully, this will prove to be a deterrent to others attempting to bring drugs into our communities. Keeping our communities and our children safe is always a top priority.” Solicitor Chrissy Adams.

Forty-seven year old Charles Vergie Williams, formerly of Seneca, SC, was found guilty by an Oconee County jury today in General Sessions Court of 3 counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor 2nd Degree and 3 counts of Lewd Act on a Minor. The charges originate from incidents which occurred between 1992 and 1994 while the victim was 14-16 years of age. 

The Honorable Alex Macaulay sentenced Williams to 20 years on each of the 3 Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor 2nd Degree charges and 15 years on 2 counts of Lewd Act on a Minor with the sentences to run concurrently. Also, on the third count of Lewd Act on a Minor, Judge Macaulay sentenced Williams to 15 years suspended on 5 years (prison time) with 5 years probation to follow. This sentence is to be served consecutively to the other 5 sentences. Williams will be placed on the sex offender registry and the central child abuse registry. 

Williams was charged in 1997 and later fled the state. He was extradited from New York in 2005 and returned to Oconee County for prosecution.

Howard B. Thompson, III, was found guilty today in Anderson County General Sessions Court of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor, First Degree. The Honorable Alex Macaulay sentenced Thompson to the maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. Thompson will be on the Central Child Abuse Registry for SC as well as the Sex Offender Registry. 

“We are very pleased with the jury’s verdict and the Judge’s sentence. Justice was served today in Anderson County.” Solicitor Chrissy Adams.