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An Orangeburg man returned to jail after a judge determined he was under the influence of alcohol and marijuana in court.

Deangelo Maurice Deloach, 22, of 2098 Russell Street, appeared with his public defender before Circuit Judge Maite Murphy on June 19.

He pleaded guilty to the March 7 charge of unlawful carrying of a handgun, but Murphy revoked his bond.

According to a court document, “This matter came before the court for guilty plea on June 17, 2019, in General Sessions Court. The defendant, his attorney, Minh Wyman, and the State were all present.

“After determining that (Deloach) was under the influence of marijuana and alcohol, the Court revoked the bond of (Deloach) and orders that he be taken into custody. It is further ordered that he be transported to the Orangeburg County Detention Center.”

In other pleas:

• A North man will spend about one year and two months in prison after pleading guilty to breaking into a building housing an ATM machine.

Michael Leon McCay Morphy, 32, of 271 Azalea Street, pleaded guilty last month to first-offense third-degree burglary and second-degree domestic violence.

Judge Murphy sentenced him to five years in prison. After he serves 18 months, the remainder of his sentence will be suspended to three years of probation.

She gave him credit for having already served 112 days at the Orangeburg County Detention Center.

Murphy also ordered him to pay restitution, obtain his GED, complete substance abuse counseling and undergo random drug/alcohol testing.

As a result of Morphy’s guilty pleas, prosecutors dismissed the charges of safecracking and possessing implements capable of being used in a crime.

On Sept. 13, 2018, Morphy broke into the building at 4557 Savannah Highway.

North Police Chief Lin Shirer accused Morphy of breaking into the building “to steal money from the ATM vault.”

Police reviewed the footage from the surveillance cameras and developed a description of the suspect.

Within 20 minutes, police took Morphy into custody.

His domestic violence charge stems from an unrelated incident on Feb. 28, 2019.

• Antonio Jerome Polite, 33, of 752 Bonnette Road, Cope, pleaded guilty to second-degree non-violent burglary.

Murphy sentenced him to five years in prison. After he serves 90 days, the remainder of his sentence will be suspended to two years of probation.

She gave Polite credit for having already served one day in jail.

She ordered him to undergo random drug/alcohol testing and not to have any contact with the victim.

She’s allowing him to serve his time on weekends.

A grand jury indicted Polite on the charge of first-degree burglary in connection with a Nov. 10, 2018 incident.

As a result of his guilty plea, prosecutors dismissed Polite’s charge of third-degree assault and battery.

• Jarrett Coleman Irick, 21, of 1726 Shillings Bridge Road, Orangeburg, pleaded guilty to first-offense possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Murphy sentenced him under the Youthful Offender Act not to exceed three years in prison, suspended to 18 months of probation.

She ordered Irick to obtain his GED, complete substance abuse counseling and undergo random drug/alcohol testing.

• Jayquell Malik Sharmel Johnson, 26, of 929 Stacey Bridge Road, Orangeburg, pleaded guilty to first-offense possession of a marijuana and hit-and-run involving property damage.

Murphy sentenced him to six months in prison, suspended to probation for one year.

She ordered him to complete substance abuse counseling, plus undergo random drug/alcohol testing and a mental health assessment.

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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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