A Bamberg man will serve a maximum of six years in prison after pleading guilty to breaking into an Orangeburg church and taking televisions.

David Anthony Deleon, 24, of 420 Hadwin Road, Bamberg, pleaded guilty to strong-arm robbery, third-degree burglary and petit larceny.

Prosecutors dropped the following related charges as a result of Deleon pleading guilty to other charges: petit larceny, malicious injury to a place of worship and criminal conspiracy.

Circuit Judge Howard King sentenced him on Nov. 28 to prison for a maximum of six years under the Youthful Offender Act.

According to Deleon’s indictments, he broke into Mt. Tabor Baptist Church at 1425 Mt. Tabor Road in Bowman on June 1.

Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office investigators accused Deleon and a co-defendant of breaking into the rear door of the church and taking a 19-inch flatscreen television and two 36-inch flatscreen televisions.

King ordered Deleon to pay restitution.

Deleon pleaded guilty to the strong-arm robbery charge in an unrelated case.

Orangeburg Department of Public Safety officers accused him of robbing two women at Dodge’s on Old Edisto Drive on Nov. 23, 2015.

Officers named Deleon as part of a trio accused in the robbery.

Zion Israel Rider, 21, of 762 Webster St., Orangeburg, pleaded guilty to attempted armed robbery in the incident.

In July, Circuit Judge Ed Dickson sentenced him to four years in prison.

The charge against the third co-defendant, Courtney Chantell Thomas, 20, of 497 Beason Road, Orangeburg, has not yet been adjudicated.

In other pleas:

  • George Robert Reeves Jr., 41, of 141 Kimbal Lane, Lot 1, Ladson, pleaded guilty to second-degree domestic violence.

King sentenced him to prison for six months, suspending the term to six months of probation. His probation may be transferred to Berkeley County.

Reeves is also required to successfully complete a batterer’s treatment program and not be in a possession of a firearm for three years.

  • Lorie Gilyard Jr., 53, of 319 Hodges Drive, Orangeburg, pleaded guilty to third-degree domestic violence.

King sentenced Gilyard to 90 days in jail, suspending the balance to six months of probation.

King ordered Gilyard to successfully complete anger management counseling and prohibited him from being in possession of a firearm for three years.

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Crime Reporter

Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 15 years.

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