An Orangeburg man with multiple prior convictions for violent crimes will spend over a decade in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree burglary and domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature.
Micheal Obrian Gadson, 31, of 1865 Dellwood Drive was sentenced to 15 years in prison on April 22 by Circuit Judge Diane Goodstein. She gave him credit for having already served 402 days at the Orangeburg County Detention Center.
As a result of his guilty pleas, prosecutors dismissed the charges of first-degree assault and battery and kidnapping.
Gadson’s charges stem from a Jan. 12, 2018 incident that took place on Dawsey Street in Cordova.
A woman told deputies that Gadson became jealous when she caught a ride home with a Cordova man, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.
Gadson forced her to ride with him to the Cordova man’s residence so he could confront him.
The woman told Gadson that the man wasn’t home, but he said they’d wait on the porch until the Cordova man returned home.
Gadson began getting physically aggressive towards her, she said. When Gadson turned his back to light a cigarette, the woman took advantage of an unlocked door and ran inside the residence, locking the door behind her.
Once inside, she grabbed a vase off of the kitchen counter, hid in a closet and called a family member for help.
She then heard a loud noise and realized Gadson forced his way into the home, the report said.
He found her in the closet and she hit him with the vase.
She told deputies that Gadson pushed her into a window, which shattered the glass.
She tried to protect herself as Gadson “continued beating her throughout the residence,” the incident report states.
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During the assault, she dropped her phone but managed to get out of the house through the broken window.
She held onto a tree to prevent Gadson from pulling her away, the report said.
She tried to jump a fence, but her pants were too tight due to being wet and muddy, so she took off her pants and shoes and got over, making it to safety at a friend’s house.
Deputies caught up with Gadson two months later after a different woman called law enforcement alleging that Gadson assaulted her too.
The woman reported on March 16, 2018 that Gadson initiated a verbal argument with her which turned physical.
She told deputies that Gadson became upset with her because she confronted him about infidelity.
The two had been in a relationship for about a month.
She told deputies that Gadson pushed her to the ground, straddled her and began to strangle her while punching her with a closed fist in the face, according to an incident report.
She told deputies that she screamed for help and her 13-year-old son attempted to push Gadson off of her. She said she struck Gadson in his back, leading him to get off of her.
Deputies arrested Gadson the following day.
Gadson has past convictions for violent crimes in Orangeburg County, including:
• A judge found him guilty of assault and battery at a bench trial on April 1, 2005. The judge sentenced him to a fine of $1,087.50 or 30 days in jail.
• On March 4, 2009, Gadson pleaded guilty to assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. A judge sentenced him to two years in prison, but gave him credit for time served.
• On Feb. 22, 2013, Gadson pleaded guilty to first-offense criminal domestic violence. A judge sentenced him to 30 days in jail.
• On Jan. 13, 2014, Gadson pleaded guilty to domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature. A judge sentenced him to six years in prison, giving him credit for time he already served.