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.

The Honorable Alex Macaulay sentenced 18-year-old Juan Tyree Smith to 30 years today for the murder of 50-year-old Sammy Martin on February 25, 2006. 

The incident happened at the Old School Lounge on West Market Street in Anderson, SC. Following the shooting, Smith fled to Florida where he was arrested on March 17, 2006 and extradited to South Carolina. 

Smith also received a 5 year sentence for the Possession of a Weapon during the Commission of a Violent Crime. The sentences are to be served concurrently. 

Charles Leslie Davis, 36, pled guilty today in Anderson General Sessions Court to Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor, 2nd Degree and Lewd Act on a Minor. The Honorable James Williams sentenced Davis to 15 years suspended on 10 years (prison) with 2 years of community supervision followed by 5 years probation. Davis is also required to be on the Sex Offender registry, Child Abuse registry, and GPS monitoring for life. 

The charges were based on incidents which occurred in Oconee County between August 1st and September 3rd, 2005.