One of six people arrested at various times in 2016 for a rash of vehicle break-ins pleaded guilty on Sept. 15 and will spend the next four years in prison.
Marquez Armani Robinson, 20, of Ash Tree Road, Columbia, who was still being held at Kershaw County Detention Center as of Wednesday afternoon, pleaded guilty to 27 counts of larceny-breaking into motor vehicles and one count of criminal conspiracy. A circuit court judge sentenced Robinson under South Carolina’s Youthful Offender Act (YOA) to five years in prison with credit for 11 months of time served. Robinson will also have to pay at least $1,700 in restitution to his victims.
Under the YOA, Robinson may be eligible to have his record expunged five years after he completes his sentence. In addition, he will likely be housed in a minimum security facility.
According to online court records, the 5th Circuit Solicitor’s Office dismissed a charge of first-degree burglary. However, those same records indicate there are 25 other charges still pending against Robinson, including 20 other motor vehicle break-ins; two counts of