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Christopher Boltlin Bond Hearing

Christopher Boltin's bond was set at $250,000 during a May 22 hearing. Authorities say Boltin and two other inmates escaped from the Orangeburg County Detention Center on Saturday.

Prosecutors have dropped an escape charge against one of the inmates who broke out of the Orangeburg County Detention Center on May 19. He pleaded guilty to other charges.

Meanwhile, authorities continue to seek the remaining inmate who wasn’t recaptured.

Christopher Shannon Boltin, 28, of 829 Edisto Avenue, Orangeburg, pleaded guilty on May 30 to carjacking that did not result in great bodily injury and first-offense possession of methamphetamine.

As part of his negotiated guilty plea, prosecutors dropped the escape charge and two counts of grand larceny.

Circuit Judge Diane Goodstein sentenced him to 11-and-a-half years in prison. He’s required to serve 85 percent of the sentence, which is almost 10 years in prison.

Goodstein also ordered Boltin to have his foot evaluated and treated.

Boltin reportedly injured his foot while scaling a chain-link fence topped with barbed wire during his escape from the Orangeburg County Detention Center.

According to his indictments, Boltin forcefully took a motor vehicle from a man on Jan. 11. On Jan. 22, less than one gram of methamphetamine was found in his possession.

He was also serving a probation sentence which was set to end on Jan. 8, 2023. His probation has been revoked.

Boltin’s criminal history includes a 2015 guilty plea to a charge of possession of a stolen vehicle.

A judge sentenced him to prison for four years, suspended to one year in prison with four years of probation. He was ordered to pay restitution.

On Dec. 7, 2016, he pleaded guilty to use of a vehicle without permission and grand larceny.

A judge sentenced him to six years in prison, suspended to one year of probation, and ordered him to complete his GED.

And on Jan. 9, Boltin pleaded guilty to one count of financial transaction card fraud and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Authorities continue to search for murder suspect Curtis Ray Green, 20, of 500 Fletcher Street #899, Orangeburg.

Green, Boltin and Tyshon Demontrea Johnson escaped from the Orangeburg County Detention Center on May 19.

Boltin was found the next day in Lexington County.

U.S. Marshals located escaped inmate Johnson, 27, of 190 Second Street, Bowman, in Winston-Salem, N.C. on May 22.

Green is the only inmate who is on the lam.

“We have not let up at all in the search for this subject,” Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said. “We are part of several agencies that have been and still are looking for Green.”

The U.S. Marshals Service is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest.

“The Marshals have agents across the country notified of Green’s escape,” Ravenell said. “They have also contracted with an advertising agency to have Green’s photo on digital billboards across the state. Those went active last week.”

The sheriff emphasized that the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office has already shown it will arrest anyone who assists Green in any manner.

“And that still holds true today,” Ravenell said. “I said it before and I’ll remind anyone helping Green: If you knock our door with information, it’s not too late. But if we’re coming through your door, it’s too late.”

Green, also known as “Ray Ray,” was awaiting trial in connection with a March 20, 2015 shooting death. In addition to his murder charge, he’s now also facing an escape charge and a first-degree assault and battery charge.

Green is a 5-foot-11-inch black male weighing approximately 160 to 170 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He has the name “Monica” tattooed on his neck and two tear drops tattooed under his left eye.

He has known ties to South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida and New York and should be considered armed and dangerous, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

The U.S. Marshals are offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information directly leading to his arrest.

Anyone with information regarding Green or his location should call the U.S. Marshals at 1-800-336-0102 or email usms.wanted@usdoj.gov.

“Fugitives who escape and run will not get far. Our cooperation with state and local officials will always prevail,” said U.S. Marshal Tom Griffin of the District of South Carolina. “The public can assist in bringing Green to justice by calling the U.S. Marshals, and all tips can remain confidential.”

Contact the writer: mbrown@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5545. Follow on Twitter: @MRBrownTandD.

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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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