(Anderson, SC). Debra Lynne Sheridan was found guilty today by an Anderson County jury of two counts of rabies violations and methamphetamine possession and not guilty on ill treatment of animal charges. The Honorable R. Scott Sprouse sentenced Sheridan to 3 years suspended to 5 years probation as well as to surrender the animals to Anderson County PAWS. A condition of probation is that Sheridan is not allowed to operate an animal rescue while she is on probation. 


On March 18, 2015, Anderson County law enforcement went to the residence of the defendant at 818 Hamlin Road in Easley (Anderson County) to perform a welfare check on the animals located on the property. A large number of dogs and cats were found to be without proper shelter and water in a fenced area which smelled strongly of excrement. Several closed kennels were also found with dogs inside in similar conditions as those found outside. Fifty-three dogs and seven cats were seized from the property. Nineteen dogs and three cats were in visibly poor health. Sheridan was unable to provide veterinary records or rabies vaccination documentation for the animals on the property. When searched prior to her arrest, a small baggie which tested positive for methamphetamine was found in Sheridan’s front left pocket. 


“While we are disappointed in the verdict, we respect the jury’s decision,” said Solicitor Chrissy Adams.  “The defendant’s continued lack of proper care for these helpless animals is inexcusable.  We are thankful that the Judge saw fit to relinquish the custody of the animals to PAWS where they can now be adopted into loving homes.”     


(Anderson, SC). Billy Ray Smith was found guilty today by an Anderson County jury of the attempted murder of his wife, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, obstruction of justice and unlawful possession of a weapon. The Honorable R. Scott Sprouse sentenced Smith to 20 years for attempted murder and 5 years on each of the other charges to be served concurrently.


On April 22, 2014, EMS and law enforcement were called to South Hamilton Street in Williamston in response to a call regarding a shooting. The victim was immediately transported to Greenville Hospital with a gunshot wound to the head. The husband of the victim, Billy Ray Smith originally told officers that someone had shot through the door, hitting his wife in the head.  The gun was later found at the home of the defendant’s son. The defendant later admitted to shooting his wife. Statements and evidence taken at the scene led to the arrest of Billy Ray Smith for the attempted murder of his wife. Although Ms. Smith’s injuries were critical and she remained in ICU for several weeks, she was later released from the hospital. 


“Although domestic violence is often accompanied by alcohol or drug use, it is not an excuse nor a defense.” stated Solicitor Chrissy Adams. “Ms. Smith will continue to live with the physical and emotional scars as a result of the actions of this defendant. Hopefully with the support of her family and organizations who help those who have been through similar situations, she will be able to heal emotionally.”


(ANDERSON, SC).Willie Wideman pled guilty to Armed Robbery and Weapons possession today in Anderson General Sessions Court. The Honorable Lawton McIntosh sentenced Wideman to 12 years for Armed Robbery and 5 years for Possession of a Weapon during a Violent Crime, to be served concurrently.


Wideman was identified as the perpetrator of the armed robbery in Pendleton SC which occurred on April 1, 2014. The defendant had entered the Dollar General and showed the clerk a knife, forcing her to empty the registers into a bag before fleeing on foot.  Video surveillance at the Dollar General and evidence found at a vacant residence where Wideman was staying unlawfully led to Wideman’s arrest on April 3rd.  


“Thankfully no one was injured during this armed robbery,” stated Solicitor Chrissy Adams. “Today’s twelve year sentence has made our community safer.”