March 21, 2013

 

Walhalla, SC. An Oconee County jury found Dan Lavert Temple guilty of drug charges today.  The Honorable Alex Macaulay sentenced Temple to 10 years for Possession of Crack Cocaine, 3rd Offense and 1 year for Possession of Xanax, 2nd Offense. The Judge also revoked Temple’s probation from a previous sentence for an additional 5 years of jail time.  All sentences are to run consecutively.

 

On July 25th 2012, officers from the Seneca Police Department and Oconee County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at Town and Country Motel in Seneca.  The search warrant was based on several documented incidents of distribution of illegal drugs by the defendant from that location.  In executing the search warrant, officers uncovered a quantity of both crack cocaine and Xanax.  

 

Temple has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 1989, including prior drug convictions, property crimes and voluntary manslaughter.

 

“Dan Temple has an extensive history of breaking the law,” said Solicitor Chrissy Adams.  “We are very pleased with today’s sentence.  Our community will be a much safer place for many years to come.”   

 

 

 

February 28, 2013

 

(Walhalla, SC). Today, the Honorable Alexander Macaulay announced the sentence for Kenneth Whitworth who was tried in his absence and found guilty on Wednesday of Distribution of Methamphetamines, 3rd Offense.  The sentence had been sealed pending Whitworth’s appearance in court.   Judge Macaulay sentenced Whitworth to 30 years suspended on service of 25 years followed by 5 years of probation.  

 

On February 18, 2011 Kenneth Whitworth was arrested after an undercover operative for the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office purchased a quantity of meth from the defendant out of his home.   Details of the transaction were captured on audio and video tape. 

 

Whitworth has an extensive prior criminal history that dates back to 1989.  Among his previous convictions are 2 drug charges and he most recently served a 5 year sentence for drugs beginning in 2006. 

 

“The defendant’s long criminal history clearly demonstrates that he is incapable of being a law abiding member of society,” said Solicitor Chrissy Adams.  “Today’s sentence means he will spend the next 25 years in prison unable to bring any more drugs in to our community.  I especially want to thank law enforcement for their efforts in this case and bringing us the evidence needed to achieve this conviction.”

 

 

 

 

 

February 13, 2013

 

Anderson, SC. Today the South Carolina State Supreme Court reversed Raymondeze Rivera’s murder conviction and death sentence and remanded the case for a new trial.  The Court ruled that the trial Judge erred by refusing to allow the Defendant to exercise his constitutional right to testify at the trial of the case.  Rivera was convicted and sentenced to death in connection with the murder of Kwana Burns, who was found in her home in December 2006.

 

“My heart goes out to the victim’s families,” stated Solicitor Chrissy Adams.  “The facts surrounding this case are horrific and cry out for the death penalty. It is tragic that the families must be victimized all over again by having to undergo the rigors of another trial.  The Supreme Court’s decision today does not change the facts or evidence surrounding the case and I am confident that upon retrial, we will once again secure a conviction.”  

 

 February 5, 2013

 ANDERSON, SC. After jury selection and pretrial motions were heard, Walter Chase Alley plead guilty today in Anderson General Sessions Court to Murder. After consideration of the State’s evidence and after hearing testimony from the defense, the Judge made a finding that the defendant was guilty but mentally ill.  The Honorable J.C. Nicholson sentenced Alley to 37 years in prison. Mr. Alley will be sent to the State Department of Mental Health prior to being sent to the SC Department of Corrections to serve his entire sentence.

On July 18, 2011, 86 year old Glenn Craft was shot to death in his home near Belton during a burglary. Alley turned himself in the following day and admitted to shooting Mr. Craft. Three others were also implicated in the murder and subsequently charged.