July 23, 2013


(Anderson, SC). Thirty-eight year old Renita Lee pled guilty today in Anderson General Sessions Court to Child Abuse. The Honorable Alex Macaulay sentenced her to 7 years in prison. Lee will also be placed on the Child Abuse Registry.  


On April 17, 2012, deputies responded to AnMed in reference to a two-year old being treated for suspicious injuries. The child was in the care of her step-grandmother, Renita Lee at the time of her injuries. The two-year old had a knot on her forehead and bruising around her right eye. She later underwent surgery in Greenville to relieve the swelling on her brain. 


“Renita Lee’s brutal actions against an innocent child caused substantial injury and are deserving of this significant prison sentence,” said Solicitor Adams.  “Our prayers are with the victim and her family as she continues to recover from the injuries she sustained.”




July 22, 2013

(Anderson, SC). Anthony Roy Clark pled guilty today in Anderson General Sessions Court to two counts of Assault & Battery 1st Degree and 1 count of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. The Honorable Alex Macaulay sentenced Clark to 10 years on each Assault & Battery, 1st degree charge to be served consecutively and to 3 years suspended to 5 years’ probation on the Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor charge. Clark will also be required to register as a sex offender.

In May of 2012, law enforcement received a report of alleged criminal sexual conduct by the defendant which took place in 2010. The incidents occurred while the victim, who was 10 years old at the time, was visiting a relative who was in a relationship with the defendant. The defendant made admissions to law enforcement regarding the incidents. 

“Anthony Clark’s actions are among the most despicable an adult can do to a child,” said Solicitor Chrissy Adams.  “With a twenty year prison sentence and a lifetime of being registered as a sex offender in front of him, it is our hope that the defendant will never again have the opportunity to be a menace to the children in our community.”



July 15, 2013

(ANDERSON, SC). Frankie Hugh Brooks, Jr. pled guilty in Anderson County General Sessions Court to multiple charges. The Honorable Lawton McIntosh sentenced the defendant to the maximum on each of the following: 20 years for Carjacking; 5 years each on two counts of Grand Larceny, 5 years each on two counts of Possession of Stolen Goods, and 3 years on Failure to Stop for Blue Light. All sentences are to be served concurrently. 


On the night of October 7, 2012, at approximately 10:30 p.m. Frankie Hugh Brooks, Jr. approached the victim at the Spinx station in Powdersville. After striking up a conversation with the victim, Brooks pulled out a 38 caliber revolver, taking the victim’s vehicle and cellphone. The vehicle was reported stolen immediately. Law enforcement later observed the car and activated the blue lights. The defendant sped away at speeds of over 100 mph. The chase came to a stop when the defendant wrecked the vehicle. The defendant was later apprehended with the assistance of tracking dogs.  


The Possession of Stolen Goods and Grand Larceny charges were all in relation to crimes committed during the period of October and November of 2011 in the Powdersville area.  


“The maximum sentence was well deserved in light of the circumstances of this crime,” said Solicitor Chrissy Adams.  “Fortunately, the victim escaped unharmed and law enforcement quickly apprehended the defendant before anyone else in the community was put in danger.  With a twenty year prison sentence before him, the defendant will no longer be a threat to the citizens of Anderson.”


June 26, 2013


(Walhalla, SC). An Oconee County jury found Gregory Lee Murphy guilty today of Distribution of Methamphetamines, 2nd offense. The Honorable Alex Macaulay sentenced Murphy to 25 years suspended on the service of 90 months followed by 5 years probation.


On August 8, 2012, Murphy sold methamphetamine to an undercover informant operating at the direction of the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office. The sale took place at a home on Durham Brown Road in the Friendship community of Oconee County. The entire transaction was captured on digital video with audio and was shown to the jury as evidence at trial. Murphy had previously been convicted of possession of methamphetamines in 2004.


“Meth is a highly addictive and destructive drug,” said Solicitor Chrissy Adams.  “Combating the distribution of meth in our community is an important priority and today’s guilty verdict will help in that effort by putting a repeated drug offender in prison.  This verdict means there is now one less source in Oconee for criminals to buy meth.”