A 19-year veteran of the Horry County Police Department was fired Friday after attorneys suing the force over a wrongful conviction pointed out the officer, who lied to obtain a warrant in that case nine years ago, had never been “disciplined or reprimanded.”
The state’s highest court ruled that former Officer Donald Kent “knowingly and intentionally made false statements in the search-warrant affidavit.”
The warrant led to a mobile home search and police found more than 375 grams of cocaine, 53 grams of marijuana, ecstasy pills and dozens of other items, along with mail addressed to Alex Robinson in 2008.
Robinson wasn’t present during the raid and claimed to have moved out long before it occurred, but was later arrested and convicted of trafficking cocaine.
“Alex Robinson spent nearly six years in prison for a crime he did not commit,” Robinson’s attorneys noted in a motion to speed up the case last month. “Sentenced to 25 years behind bars, he was confined at ‘level three’ facilities otherwise reserved for some of South Carolina’s most violent offenders.”