(Anderson, SC). Roger Rowland became the last defendant to plead guilty in the death of Chunsey Cunningham in October of 2013. The Honorable Lawton McIntosh sentenced Rowland to 25 years suspended to 15 years with 5 years probation to follow. Two others involved in the crime pled guilty earlier and have been sentenced to the following: Shawn Johnson was sentenced to 7 years suspended to 3 years in prison with 5 years probation and Michaela Christensen was sentenced to 15 years suspended to 10 years in prison with 5 years probation to follow. The fourth defendant, Christian Lopez, pled guilty and is awaiting sentencing. 

In the early morning hours of October 20, 2013, Roger Rowland claimed that he planned to meet a man at Skateland in Anderson to buy drugs. Others involved gave conflicting statements regarding the reason for the meeting. Rowland, Shawn Johnson, and Christian Lopez went to Skateland, got out of the car driven by Michaela Christensen and walked to meet the man who was sitting in a car driven by Chunsey Cunningham. Rowland, by his own admission, and another both shot at the car. Mr. Cunningham, who had just stepped out of the car and was not the intended target, was shot in the head. He died at the scene. Everyone fled the scene. None of the guns involved in the shooting were ever recovered, thereby preventing any forensic confirmation of the shooter’s identity. 

“Rowland’s conviction and sentencing closes a chapter in a terrible chain of events that led to the unnecessary loss of the life of Chunsey Cunningham,” stated Solicitor Chrissy Adams. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”


June 24, 2015


(ANDERSON, SC). An Anderson County jury convicted Jeremiah Johnson today of multiple charges for an incident that took place in Anderson County in July of 2012. The Honorable Scott Sprouse sentenced Johnson to 30  years for Murder and 10 years for Armed robbery to be served consecutively,  with  20 years  for Kidnapping and 5 years for Possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime which are to be served concurrently.   

Chandrakant (C.J.) Patel was last seen around 6 p.m. on July 1st,  2012,  leaving the Exxon station a short distance from I85 on Clemson Boulevard. He and his family managed the station. He told one of the workers he would be back but he never returned. Mr. Patel’s car was found abandoned in Fair Play on July 3rd. His body was found July 11th in a wooded area off U.S. 29 a few miles from the Georgia state line. An investigation by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office resulted in the arrest of Jeremiah Johnson and three others. Johnson gave a full account of the events in a statement to law enforcement. 

April 22, 2015 

(Walhalla, SC). Wilbur A. Rickmon was found guilty of Criminal Sexual Conduct, 1st Degree and Kidnapping today by an Oconee County jury. Due to Rickmon’s violent criminal history, the State sought and the defendant received a life without parole sentence from the Honorable Lawton McIntosh. 


On September 27, 2013, Wilbur Rickmon called a neighbor multiple times and asked if she could help him with accessing the wifi internet at his house. Once inside the residence where the defendant was staying, Rickmon lured the victim to the bedroom under the guise of repairing the wifi connection, when, in fact, there was no wifi at the location.  He had locked the front door and closed the door when they entered the bedroom. The defendant then offered the victim $50 for sex. She refused. Rickmon threw her on the bed, pinned her down and raped her. After the assault, the victim was able to escape and ran from the house and called 911. The victim was taken to Oconee Medical Center where a sexual assault kit was performed. A court order was obtained to collect DNA swabs from the defendant. SLED test results were positive for the defendant’s DNA. The victim’s underwear was recovered in the bedroom where the assault took place. This case was investigated by the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office who obtained 3 conflicting statements from the defendant about the events that happened the day of the assault.  


“Wilbur Rickmon is a violent criminal with a history that dates back to the 80’s,” stated Solicitor Chrissy Adams. “Due to the victim’s courage and the hard work of the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, Rickmon received the sentence that he deserved today.”    


(Anderson, SC).  Jonathan Manuel Shore pled guilty today in Anderson General Sessions Court to one count of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor 2nd degree and one count of Lewd Act on a Minor. The Honorable Letitia Verdin sentenced Shore to the maximum of 20 years on the Criminal Sexual Conduct Charge and 8 years suspended to 2 years prison time with 5 years probation on the Lewd act on a minor charge. The 20 years and 2 years are to be served consecutively. The defendant will be placed on the sex offender registry.  


Between February of 2011 and January of 2014, Shore engaged in a pattern of sexually abusing one of the victims in this case. This victim was between the ages of 11 and 13 at the time. Shore also committed a lewd act on a second victim, 4 year old child in 2013. Both victims gave details of the defendant’s acts during forensic exams.  


“These children have lived through horrific acts that no child should ever have to endure,” stated Solicitor Chrissy Adams. “Thanks to the hard work of the Anderson City Police Department and the Foothills Child Advocacy Center, justice was served today, and hopefully will give the victims the closure they so rightfully deserve."