SOLICITOR ADAMS ANNOUNCES TWO GUILTY VERDICTS THIS WEEK IN CRIMINAL COURT

March 16, 2012
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

(Anderson, SC). An Anderson County jury has found William Laureano guilty today of Criminal Domestic Violence of a High and Aggravated Nature. The Honorable Lawton Macintosh sentenced the defendant to 8 years suspended to 4 years and 5 years probation. Laureano also received a 90 day sentence for contempt charges which is to be served consecutively to the 4 years. 

While arguing with his wife at their home in Anderson County on February 2, 2010, William Laureano pointed a loaded .357 pistol at his wife and threatened to kill her, their daughter, and any law enforcement that came to the home. The victim was able to flee the home with her daughter and grandchildren. The SWAT team was later called to negotiate with the defendant to surrender. Laureano was taken into custody without injury to himself or law enforcement.

Earlier this week, Henry Junior Galloway was found guilty of Burglary 2nd Degree and Safecracking and sentenced to 15 years. Galloway and a co-defendant broke into Moon’s Tile, Marble, and Stone on Whitehall Road in Anderson on September 24, 2010. Two employees were inside the business at the time of the break-in and were able to apprehend the defendants until law enforcement arrived. The entire incident was recorded on surveillance video. 

FULLBRIGHT SENTENCED TO LIFE

January 27, 2012
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

(Anderson, SC). After four days of testimony, an Anderson County jury has found Matthew Fullbright guilty of two counts of Murder and two counts of Armed Robbery. The Honorable Lawton McIntosh sentenced Fullbright to two consecutive life terms as well as two consecutive 30 year terms for the Armed Robbery charges.

On October 24, 2009, Homer and JoAnn Staton’s abandoned bloody car was found on Horton Road in Belton. Mr. Staton’s body was found the next day on Asaville School Road... Witness statements and cellphone records led Anderson County investigators to Matthew Fullbright. During Fullbright’s October 28, 2009 confession, Fullbright led investigators to Waterside Drive in Iva where he had dumped JoAnn Staton’s body.

The Staton’s bought and sold gold for a living and were known to carry a substantial amount of cash. Fullbright had lured the Staton’s to a secluded area in Iva, beat them to death with a hammer and then robbed them of their cash and jewelry. After disposing of the bodies, Fullbright drove the Staton’s bloody car to the intersection of 252 and 413 where he purchased drugs. He then abandoned the car on Horton Road. 

“The horrific and brutal crimes committed by Matthew Fullbright shows how dangerous drug addiction can be,” said Solicitor Chrissy Adams. “Fullbright’s need to steal and support his drug habit ultimately led to the death of two innocent people. It is my hope that today’s verdict and sentencing will allow the Staton family to have some closure knowing that Fullbright will remain in prison for the rest of his life.”

OWENS AND GRESHAM RECEIVE LIFE SENTENCE

OWENS AND GRESHAM RECEIVE LIFE SENTENCE

For complete statement, please see attached pdf

Attachments:
Download this file (01062012.owensgresham.sentencing.final.pdf)01062012.owensgresham.sentencing.final.pdf[OWENS AND GRESHAM RECEIVE LIFE SENTENCE - document]166 Kb

BURGLAR SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS

MAN FOUND GUILTY OF BURGLARY 1ST SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS IN PRISON

Michael Eugene Reese of Anderson, SC was found guilty today by an Anderson County jury of Burglary 1st Degree. The Honorable Lawton McIntosh sentenced Gibson to 25 years in prison.

On October 9, 2010 at approximately 8:50pm Michael Reese broke into the home of Margaret and Douglas Nelson by breaking a rear window. Margaret Nelson is Reese’s mother. When the Nelson's returned home from dinner, Reese confronted them both at the front door and pointed a shotgun at his step-father, Douglas Nelson, and threatened to kill him. During a struggle between Reese and Douglas Nelson, Nelson was able to take possession of the shotgun. Reese fled the scene and was arrested several days later.

Solicitor Adams says: “We are pleased with the jury’s verdict and the sentence handed down by Judge McIntosh. Reese will no longer be a threat to his own family or to our community. I hope that this sentence will allow the Nelson’s to find peace and no longer be in fear of their own son.”

Select document below to read more information in Adobe Reader:


Attachments:
Download this file (12152011Reesepressrelease.pdf)12152011Reesepressrelease.pdf[Burglar Sentenced to 25 Years - Document]125 Kb