- Category: News
- Published on Friday, 03 September 2010 14:45
September 3, 2010
(Anderson, SC). Jose Luna-Cobarruvias pled guilty today in Anderson General Sessions Court to one count of Felony DUI resulting in death and two counts of Felony DUI resulting in Great Bodily Injury. The Honorable Lawton McIntosh sentenced him to 20 years on the Felony DUI resulting in death and 15 years on each count of Felony DUI with great bodily injury. All sentences will run concurrently. A detainer has been placed on the defendant, who is in the United States illegally, by the Federal Immigrations and Custom Enforcement (ICE) division. The defendant will face deportation proceedings upon completion of his sentence.
On May 16, 2009, the defendant was driving on US 29 in Anderson County when he lost control of his vehicle and crossed the center line, hitting another vehicle. Susan and Raymond Sigman were seriously injured. Eighty-five year old Katy Eaton, a passenger in the vehicle, died as a result of the injuries sustained in the accident. Cobarruvias’ blood alcohol level at the time of the wreck was .271.
“This case is another heartbreaking example of the dangers of drinking and driving,” said Solicitor Chrissy Adams. “When you get behind the wheel of a vehicle under the influence, you not only put your life at risk but those of your passengers and everyone else on the road. These types of cases are easily preventable and that is what makes them so tragic. The case of Mr. Cobarruvias, however, is especially tragic because as an illegal alien he should not have even been in this country to begin with.”
- Category: News
- Published on Thursday, 26 August 2010 14:44
August 26, 2010
(Walhalla, SC). Following examination of competency evaluations and
reports by Dr. Michael Gassen of the South Carolina Department of Mental
Health, the Honorable Alex Macaulay has accepted recommendations from
both the State and the Defense that eighty year-old Alfred Dawkins be
declared not competent and not likely to restore as relates to the death of his
sister, Johelen Owens. SC Code of Laws §44-23-430 Section 2 states:
… the person is unfit to stand trial for the reasons set forth
in Section 44-23-410 and is unlikely to become fit to stand
trial in the foreseeable future, the solicitor responsible for
the criminal prosecution shall initiate judicial admission
proceedings pursuant to Sections 44-17-510 through 44-17-
610 or Section 44-20-450 within fourteen days, excluding
Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, during which time the
court may order the person hospitalized, may order the
person to continue in detention if detained, or, if on bond,
may permit the person to remain on bond;
Judge Macaulay ordered the State to proceed with judicial admission
proceedings in the Probate Court pursuant to SC Code of Laws §44-17-510.
On March 26, 2009, Seneca Police Department was dispatched to the
Dawkins childhood home after Mr. Dawkins called 911 stating that he had
killed his sister. Following Dawkins’ arrest, a series of mental evaluations
were conducted which resulted in a diagnosis of dementia of the
Alzheimer’s type, characterized by delusions of a persecutory nature. Based
on this diagnosis, doctors with the South Carolina Department of Mental
Health opined that Dawkins did not have the capacity to understand the
proceedings against him or to assist his attorney in his own defense.
“The expert testimony clearly demonstrated that Mr. Dawkins was not
mentally fit to stand trial. We believe that confinement to a mental hospital
is the best resolution to prevent Mr. Dawkins from harming anyone else in
our community,” said Solicitor Adams. “Our thoughts go out to the entire
family in this case who have gone through a very difficult and emotional
- Category: News
- Published on Tuesday, 03 August 2010 14:43
August 3, 2010
(Walhalla, SC). Tenth Circuit Solicitor Chrissy Adams’ Diversion Programs in Oconee County delivered approximately $3,000 worth of diapers, hygiene products, and school supplies today to the United Way of Oconee. The items were purchased by participants in PTI (Pre-Trial Intervention) and AEP (Alcohol Education Program). Participants were allowed to donate items in lieu of a portion of community service they are required to perform under the programs. Collection of the items began in March of this year. The items will be distributed as needed by the United Way and the Family Friends Program.
“This is a wonderful way for participants of PTI and AEP to feel that they have truly given back to the community. We will continue to reach out to other organizations in our community that provide direct services to children and families in need.” Solicitor Chrissy Adams.
- Category: News
- Published on Friday, 30 July 2010 14:43
July 30, 2010
(Walhalla, SC). David Teray Sanders was found guilty by an Oconee County jury on Thursday, July 29th, on the charges of Trafficking in Crack Cocaine (10-28 grams), 3rd offense, Trafficking in Cocaine (more than 200 but less than 400 grams), 3rd offense, and Failure to Stop for a Blue Light. The Honorable Cordell Maddox sentenced Sanders to 3 years on the Failure to Stop for Blue Light charge and 25 years on each of the trafficking charges, all to run concurrent.
On May 21, 2009, an officer with the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office attempted to make a traffic stop in the area of Exit 4 on I-85 North. The vehicle, driven by Sanders, accelerated away from the officer in an attempt to evade. Sanders then drove off the interstate, ran his vehicle through several pine trees and stopped near a field in the Fair Play area of Oconee County. He and a passenger exited the vehicle, jumped a fence, and ran from law enforcement. During the chase, Sanders threw down a gun and several packages of what was later identified as cocaine and crack cocaine.
Law enforcement officers from the Oconee Sheriff’s Office located Sanders approximately 1/2 mile from the scene where he first fled on foot. Approximately 22 grams of crack cocaine and 340 grams of cocaine were found at the scene.
Sanders was on probation from the State of Georgia at the time of his arrest. He currently has a detainer from the U. S. Marshals Office for a Federal Probation violation, as well as pending drug charges from the State of North Carolina.