A Columbia man in prison for Richland County crimes has also admitted he committed a robbery in Orangeburg County.

Ryais Ryche Rivers, 26, of Columbia, pleaded guilty to armed robbery. He used a handgun when he robbed a man on Dec. 5, 2012.

He had previously been convicted in Richland County of three counts of kidnapping and two counts of armed robbery. He is serving a 20-year sentence in those cases.

Circuit Judge Ed Dickson sentenced Rivers last month to 10 years in prison in the Orangeburg County case. The sentence is to be served at the same time as his 20-year sentence.

As a result of Rivers’ guilty plea, prosecutors dismissed a charge of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

In other pleas:

• A Lexington man pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and battery on March 18.

Dickson sentenced Marquise Jamal Jones, 25, of 217 Magnolia Tree Road, under the Youthful Offender Act not to exceed three years, suspended to 18 months of probation.

A grand jury indicted him on Dec. 5, 2018 of first-offense voyeurism.

The indictment accuses Jones of going to Gold’s Gym at 1223 Brickle Street, Orangeburg, for the purpose of spying and invading the privacy of occupants at the gym by becoming an eavesdropper or “Peeping Tom.”

• Precious Dayonna Boone, 20, of 228 W. Chatelain Drive, Spartanburg, pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and battery by mob, resulting in bodily injury.

Dickson sentenced her under the Youthful Offender Act not to exceed one year, suspended to 18 months of probation.

The grand jury indicted Boone on the count of second-degree assault and battery by mob, resulting in serious bodily injury.

• Ashley Nicole Just, 23, of 151 Michelle Street, Eutawville, pleaded guilty to first-offense failure to stop for blue lights.

Dickson sentenced her to three years in prison, suspended to one year of probation.

He gave her credit for having already served 41 days at the Orangeburg County Detention Center.

He also ordered her, as part of her probation term, to complete an inpatient drug treatment program and two credits needed to obtain her diploma.

• Christopher Lee Howell, 32, of 249 Jensen Street, Orangeburg, pleaded guilty to second-degree domestic violence.

Dickson sentenced him to time served, giving him credit for having served 65 days in jail.

Howell is not allowed to possess a firearm and ammunition for the next three years.

• Maurice Antonio White Jr., 19, of 1923 Lake Drive, Orangeburg, pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy.

Dickson sentenced him under the Youthful Offender Act not to exceed five years, suspended to three years of probation.

Dickson gave him credit for having already served one day.

He also ordered White to work 50 hours of public service employment, make progress toward his college degree and remain employed.

• Breanna Nicole Snell, 21, of 2048 Ott Street, Orangeburg, pleaded guilty to unlawful neglect of a child.

Dickson sentenced her under the Youthful Offender Act not to exceed four years, suspended to two years of probation.

He also ordered her to comply with the Department of Social Services.

• Tiffany Nicole Strong, 30, of 622 Kings Road, Orangeburg, pleaded guilty to first-offense possession of Xanax.

Dickson sentenced her to six months in prison or a fine of $200.

• Latasha Evette Spigner, 39, of 756 Alether Street, Orangeburg, pleaded guilty to third-degree domestic violence and trespassing.

Dickson sentenced her to 90 days in jail, suspended to six months of probation.

An indictment originally charged her with second-degree non-violent burglary.

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Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 16 years.

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