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ILLUSTRATION: Scales of Justice

Jacerie Telvon Ponder, 22, of 181 Highlands Plantation Avenue, Summerville, pleaded guilty to unlawful carrying of a handgun.

Circuit Judge Ed Dickson sentenced him under the Youthful Offender Act not to exceed one year, suspended to one year of probation. He gave Ponder credit for having already served one day in jail.

Dickson also noted that Ponder shall apply to other colleges so that he can complete his degree.

An indictment accuses Ponder of carrying a .380-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun and a .380-caliber Taurus handgun on the campus of South Carolina State University on Nov. 30, 2018.

He was originally charged with carrying or displaying firearms in public buildings or adjacent areas.

In other pleas:

• A 33-year-old Orangeburg man will serve 18 months of probation after pleading guilty to multiple charges last month.

Bradley Gene Hightower of 352 Macedonia Road pleaded guilty March 21 to first-offense third-degree burglary, petit larceny valued at $2,000 or less and unlawful carrying of a handgun.

Dickson sentenced him to three years in prison, suspended to 18 months of probation.

He gave Hightower credit for having already served 84 days at the Orangeburg County Detention Center.

In addition, Hightower must pay restitution and complete substance abuse counseling.

• Jamal Daquan Prezzy, 25, of 108 Belle Oaks Drive, Elgin, pleaded guilty to possession of a stolen pistol and first-offense possession of methamphetamine.

Dickson sentenced him to three years in prison, suspended to two years of probation.

He also ordered Prezzy to obtain his GED.

Prezzy was originally charged with second or subsequent offense possession of methamphetamine.

Prosecutors dismissed the following charges as part of Prezzy’s plea agreement: receiving stolen goods valued at $2,000 or less, obstructing justice and unlawful carrying of a pistol.

• Deshone Anthony Ryan, 44, of 639 Calhoun Street, Bamberg, pleaded guilty to an enhancement charge of third or subsequent offense of financial transaction card fraud and two counts of financial transaction card fraud.

Dickson sentenced him to 10 years in prison. Upon the service of 60 days, the remainder of his sentence will be suspended to three years of probation.

He’s allowing Ryan to serve his jail time on weekends.

As part of Ryan’s plea agreement, prosecutors dismissed one count of criminal conspiracy and two additional counts of financial transaction card fraud.

• Charles Demetrius Harrison, 27, of 140 Ann Street, Bowman, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-offense failure to stop for blue lights.

Dickson sentenced him to 90 days in jail and is allowing him to serve his time on weekends.

• Wilbur Wayne Cross Jr., 62, of 901 Whitesville Road, Moncks Corner, pleaded guilty to first-offense possession of less than one gram of methamphetamine.

He was originally charged with second-offense possession of less than one gram of methamphetamine.

Dickson sentenced him to three years in prison or paying a $500 fine by June 21, 2019.

• Quandreya Je’Vone Williams, 26, of 183 Lindale Street, Orangeburg, pleaded guilty to unlawful carrying of a handgun.

Dickson sentenced him to prison for one year or paying a $100 fine by May 24, 2019.

• Willie Lee Mack, 47, of 137 Knott Drive, Eutawville, pleaded guilty to third-degree domestic violence.

Dickson sentenced him to 90 days in jail, suspended to one year of probation.

He gave Mack credit for having already served eight days.

He ordered Mack to complete a batterer’s treatment program and stipulated that his probation term may end upon his completion of the program.

Mack is also prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition for three years.

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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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