A 45-year-old man is serving a 15-year prison term for burglarizing churches, homes and a building belonging to Orangeburg County.
On March 4, David Murry Hoover Jr., of 1005 Preserver Road, Neeses, and also of a Blackville address, pleaded guilty to three counts of violent second-degree burglary, one count of non-violent second degree burglary and one count of first-offense third-degree burglary.
As a result of his guilty plea, prosecutors dismissed the following charges: four counts of petit larceny, two counts of malicious injury to a place of worship and one count each of grand larceny and malicious injury to real property.
Circuit Judge Diane Goodstein sentenced Hoover to 15 years in prison but credited him for having already served 289 days at the Orangeburg County Detention Center.
After completing his prison term, he’ll serve five years of probation.
Hoover admitted at his plea hearing that he burglarized the following:
- An Orangeburg County maintenance facility on Dec. 3, 2017
- Flora Baptist Church on May 11, 2018
- Bushy Pond Baptist Church and a residence on May 17, 2018
- A residence on May 22, 2018
Hoover’s criminal history in Orangeburg County includes multiple convictions: trespassing, petit larceny, malicious injury to real property, second-degree burglary, receiving stolen goods, third or subsequent driving under suspension and escape.