CAREER BURGLAR RECEIVES LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE SENTENCE

 

 

 

August 16, 2012

 

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Walhalla, SC. An Oconee County jury convicted Curtis Eugene Land today of Burglary 1st Degree. The Honorable Alex Macaulay sentenced Land to life without parole, as requested by the State under SC Code of Laws §17-25-45 (“3 strikes”). 

 

On September 2, 2011, Curtis Land entered a home on Bethel Church Road in Westminster, SC by prying open the back door. A minor child was present in the home at the time and called his father who contacted 911. The 13-year old pointed a shotgun at Land who ran out the back door. Land was arrested by the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office a short distance from the home.  

 

“Life without parole is an appropriate sentence for a career criminal such as Land,” stated Solicitor Chrissy Adams. “The community will be a safer place with Curtis Land in jail for the rest of his life.”

 

METH DEALER SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS

August 14, 2012

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ANDERSON, SC. Loretta Branyon was convicted today in Anderson General Sessions Court of Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamines, 3rd Offense. The Honorable Lawton McIntosh sentenced her to 10 years.

 

In early January of 2011, an undercover officer of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division made a controlled purchase of methamphetamines at the residence of Loretta Branyon on Shirley Store Road in Anderson. A search warrant was executed on January 13, 2011 at the defendant’s home where approximately 7.5 grams of methamphetamine, various amounts of controlled prescription pills, digital scales, guns and knives were found.

 

STATE V. IRVING "ERNIE" RAMIREZ

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

August 2, 2012

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ANDERSON, SC. Charges against Irving “Ernie” Ramirez in relation to the homicides of Homer and JoAnn Staton in October of 2009 have been dismissed.  Ramirez, along with Matthew Fullbright, was charged by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office with two counts of murder, two counts of armed robbery and conspiracy to commit the crimes.   Matthew Fullbright was convicted of these heinous crimes on January 27, 2012 and is presently serving consecutive life sentences. 

 

Ramirez’ arrest was based solely on the written confession of Matthew Fullbright.  At Fullbright’s trial, investigators with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office testified that Fullbright’s confession as it relates to Ramirez’ involvement in the robbery and murders could not be proven.  In fact, the evidence obtained from phone records proved that Ramirez was not involved in the murders.   Also, no physical evidence exists to tie Ramirez in any way to these crimes.   Ramirez has provided written statements denying any knowledge and/or involvement in these crimes and all evidence supports his claim.  The evidence points to Matthew Fullbright acting alone when he robbed and murdered Homer and JoAnn Staton.  Therefore, the charges against Irving “Ernie” Ramirez have been dismissed.   

 

 

 

GUIGOU SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS

July 17, 2012

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. Mitchell Allan Guigou pleaded guilty today in Anderson General Sessions Court to Voluntary Manslaughter and Arson 3rd Degree. The Honorable Lawton McIntosh sentenced him to twenty-five years for the voluntary manslaughter and fifteen years concurrent for the arson.

 

On or about April 15, 2011, the defendant and his girlfriend, Allison Pinsley, got into a verbal altercation which escalated into a physical altercation. Guigou began to hit Ms. Pinsley with a stick. He then put a trash bag over her head and tied it around her neck with an extension cord; looping it over a bedpost to restrain her. The defendant then began selling items from the home and smoking crack.  Guigou then set fire to the trailer and jumped out of a bedroom window, leaving Ms. Pinsley’s body inside. Cause of death for Ms. Pinsley was determined to be asphyxia due to smothering and ligature strangulation.

 

“Mr. Guigou’s brutal altercation with Ms. Pinsley is a horrific example of domestic violence in our community,” said Solicitor Chrissy Adams.  “We discussed the plea with the victim’s family, and today’s sentence will save them from the ordeal of a trial while also putting the defendant in prison for most if not all of his natural life.”