Forty-nine year old Larry Dean Swofford of Anderson SC pled guilty to Armed Robbery and Possession of a Weapon during the Commission of a Violent Crime in Anderson General Sessions Court on April 10, 2007.

On May 15, 2006, Swofford entered a convenience store in Anderson armed with a knife and demanded money. He left the store with approximately $400.00. He was later apprehended at his home by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

The Honorable James Williams sentenced Swofford to 15 years for the Armed Robbery and 5 years for the weapons charge. The sentences are to be served concurrently. 

Paris Crosby, 19, of Anderson, SC pled guilty in Anderson General Sessions Court on April 18, 2007 to charges based on an incident in October of 2005. Crosby and his codefendant, Jasmin Sanchez were charged with kidnapping an individual that they had met on the internet and lured to their home in Anderson. The victim was assaulted with a crowbar, tied up and robbed before being bound and placed back in his own car wrapped in a blanket. The victim was stabbed twice in the neck by Crosby while being taken to a wooded area outside of Belton. The perpetrators then left the victim there, taking his vehicle. Crosby and Sanchez were apprehended on their way back to Anderson. The victim crawled to the road and was found by people driving by.

The Honorable Cordell Maddox sentenced Crosby to 20 years for Assault & Battery with Intent to Kill; 20 years for Armed Robbery; 10 years for Grand Larceny and 5 years for Possession of a Weapon during the Commission of a Violent Crime. The sentences are to be served concurrently. 

On April 10, 2007, Juan Mendez pled guilty in Anderson General Sessions Court to several charges, including Assault & Battery with Intent to Kill, Armed Robbery, and Burglary. Mendez was charged in April of 2006 following a 4-day crime spree during which time he burglarized one home, assaulted one person with a knife, and finally stabbed another person, stealing her purse and her car. 

The Honorable James Williams sentenced Mendez to 20 years on each of two counts of Assault & Battery with Intent to Kill; 20 years on Armed Robbery; 20 years on Burglary; 10 years on Grand Larceny; and 5 years on the weapons charge. These sentences are to be served concurrently. 

Following two days of testimony in Oconee County General Sessions Court, a jury convicted 38 year-old David Anthony Fowler of Fair Play, SC of Burglary 1st Degree, 2 counts of Assault & Battery with Intent to Kill, Armed Robbery, and 2 counts of Petit Larceny. The charges stem from an incident in July of 2006 when Fowler and three accomplices broke into a home on Friendship Road near Seneca, SC, assaulting the occupants and robbing them. Both of the victims required medical attention.

The Honorable Alex Macaulay sentenced Fowler to 30 years in prison on the Burglary 1st Degree and the Armed Robbery; 20 years on each count of Assault & Battery with Intent to Kill; and 30 days on each count of Petit Larceny. The sentences are to be served concurrently.