May 15, 2013

(Anderson, SC). An Anderson County jury took less than 30 minutes to convict Andrew Clemons of molesting an 8-year old girl several times over a period of months in 2009 and 2010. Clemons was convicted of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor, First Degree which carries a sentence of 25 years to life, as well as Lewd Act on a Minor which carries a sentence of up to 15 years. Both charges require that Clemons be listed on the Sex Offender Registry. The Honorable Lawton McIntosh issued a bench warrant for Clemons on Monday due to the defendant’s failure to appear in court for his trial. Because the defendant was not present, the sentence has been sealed and will be opened when the defendant is captured and returned to court. 

 

“Andrew Clemons’ depraved actions have caused incredible suffering for his victim and her family,” said Solicitor Chrissy Adams. “The emotional and psychological scars inflicted upon her are something no child should have to endure. The fact that Mr. Clemons absconded prevents this chapter in this little girl’s life from being closed. Please contact law enforcement if you have any information on the whereabouts of Andrew Clemons.”

 

***Law enforcement is actively seeking information regarding the whereabouts of Andrew Clemons. If you have information, please call the Anderson Police Department at 864-231-2277 or Crimestoppers at 864-231-7867.

 

 

 

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April 23, 2013

Anderson, SC.  Devin Michael Nimmons pled guilty today in Anderson General Sessions Court to 3 counts of Accessory before the Fact of a Felony and one count of Conspiracy to Commit a Felony. The Honorable Lawton McIntosh sentenced Nimmons to 15 years in prison on the Accessory charges and 5 years suspended to 5 years’ probation on the Conspiracy charge. The probation will follow the 15 year prison sentence.   

Nimmons and Christopher Brown were both charged in the armed robbery, burglary and kidnapping of a 79 year old retired veteran on Tidewater Lane in Anderson, SC in December of 2010. According to the victim, one man entered the home posing as someone conducting a survey for the army. A second man entered the home carrying a weapon and wearing a ski mask. The two then forced the victim into other areas of the house robbing him of cash and firearms.  A third defendant, Jacob Tubbs was later charged and convicted of Accessory after the Fact in connection with the crime. In a statement to law enforcement, Nimmons confessed to planning the crime but said that he did not actually participate.    


 

Nimmons also pled guilty to Conspiracy in an unrelated case of an attempted armed robbery of the Starlight Cinemas on December 23, 2010.

 

April 19, 2013

 

Anderson, SC. Charlie Tyler Robinson pled guilty today in Anderson General Sessions Court to Voluntary Manslaughter. The Honorable Alex Macaulay sentenced Robinson to 25 years in prison.

 

On July 18, 2011, 86-year-old Glenn Craft was killed during an armed robbery at his home in Belton, SC. Robinson was implicated in the crime and arrested the following day. Robinson is the second defendant in the case to plead guilty. Walter Chase Alley pled guilty in February of this year and was sentenced to 37 years. Alley had confessed to the shooting of Mr. Craft in statements given to law enforcement.

 

April 2, 2013

Walhalla, SC. A hearing was held today in Oconee General Sessions Court in the case of the State v. Nicholas Bonelli. Bonelli is charged with Murder in the November deaths of Sandra Myers and Clarine Smith. 

The Honorable Cordell Maddox heard testimony from medical professionals and experts that the defendant suffers from mental and physical disabilities that render him unable to assist in his defense. The Judge found that the defendant was incompetent to stand trial and unlikely to become so in the foreseeable future. The Court ordered that judicial proceedings be commenced in the Probate Court to commit the defendant for hospitalization at the SC Department of Mental Health in Columbia. Judge Maddox also ordered that the charges remain pending to ensure that should the Department of Mental Health ever deem Mr. Bonelli to be competent, the matter would come back before the Court. 
 

This was a tragic case where a family lost two completely innocent loved ones during a single violent afternoon.  The pain and loss they have suffered is immeasurable,” said Solicitor Chrissy Adams.  “While it is our goal to seek justice for the family of the victims, the defendant has been found incompetent and, under South Carolina law, we cannot proceed to trial.   However, the Court’s ruling today will ensure that  the defendant will remain in a secure facility so that he cannot cause further harm in our community.”