Denisona Crisp pled guilty to Murder and Possession of a Weapon during the Commission of a Violent Crime today in Anderson County General Sessions Court before the Honorable J. C. Nicholson. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder and five (5) years for the weapons charge. 

In 2001, the defendant was sentenced to death based on the murders of Jeolani Blackwell and Clarence Watson. On January 24, 2005, the South Carolina Supreme Court overturned the conviction of Clarence Watson’s murder based on the inappropriate colloquy between the Judge and the defendant during the guilty plea. Upon review of the evidence, re-interviewing all prospective witnesses and lengthy evaluation of the substantially limited forensic evidence, Solicitor Adams determined that there was insufficient evidence to proceed in an actual capital trial. The lapse in times since the incident has limited the witnesses’ abilities to recall events and to testify in a consistent manner. 

After a 4 day trial, Leroy Archie, age 56, was convicted of murder and the possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime by an Anderson County jury. The Honorable Alexander S. Macaulay sentenced Archie to life without the possibility of parole. 

On August 22, 2005, Archie shot and killed Cathy Galloway in the front yard of the home they shared at 119 Scott Circle in Pendleton, SC. Archie and Ms. Galloway were in the process of separating after approximately 18 years of living together. Several witnesses, including a law enforcement officer, testified that they saw Archie with a gun standing above Ms. Galloway as he fired the last of three shots while she was lying on her back. 

Assistant Solicitor Scott McElhannon sought life without parole on Archie based on his 1987 conviction for Assault and Battery with Intent to Kill when he shot his former wife in the arm. Archie had also been previously convicted of stabbing Cathy Galloway in 2002. 

“The jury’s verdict in this case is evidence that domestic violence will not be tolerated in the 10th Circuit.” Solicitor Chrissy Adams.

An Oconee County jury took less than three hours to find Randy Frady guilty of Murder for the deaths of his father, James C. Frady, Jr., and brother, Barry Frady in Walhalla, SC on September 22, 2004. 

Frady was also charged with Arson 2nd Degree, Burglary 1st Degree and Grand Larceny for events surrounding the murder of his father and brother. 

Judge Perry Buckner, Chief Administrative Judge for the 14th Circuit, sentenced Frady to Life without Parole for each of the murders, 30 years for the Burglary 1st Degree, 25 years for the Arson 2nd Degree, and 5 years for the Grand Larceny. All sentences are to run concurrently.

“Our hearts go out to Jim and Blackie Frady. This was a horrible tragedy for their family. However, justice was served with the jury’s verdict today and Randy Frady will have the rest of his life to think about what he did.” Solicitor Chrissy Adams. 

An Anderson County jury found Larry D. Evans guilty of Possession of a Stolen Vehicle today in Anderson General Sessions Court. The Honorable J. C. “Buddy” Nicholson sentenced Evans to 10 years, the maximum penalty allowed for this crime. Evans was sentenced under an “enhancement” statute due to his prior extensive criminal record dating back to 1983.

On May 28, 2005, Evans was identified as operating a 1987 Dodge Dakota truck which had been stolen on May 25, 2005 from the Advance Auto parking lot on South Main Street in Anderson. He was arrested in Abbeville County on June 13, 2005 while driving the truck. 

"We were very pleased with the jury's verdict and with the maximum sentence handed down by Judge Nicholson. The Anderson County Sheriff's office worked tremendously hard on this case and we were able to present ample evidence for the jury to render its guilty verdict." Solicitor Chrissy Adams.