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An Orangeburg County jury on Thursday convicted a 31-year-old man of kidnapping and first-degree criminal sexual conduct in a 2015 incident.

Circuit Judge Maite Murphy sentenced Tyquin Terrell Jenkins of Dutton Street to two 30-year terms in prison.

She said the Orangeburg man will serve the 30 years at the same time, not consecutively.

Jenkins is required to register as a sex offender.

The charges of kidnapping and first-degree criminal sexual conduct stem from a Jan. 6, 2015 incident that took place behind 1005 Broughton St.

A woman told Orangeburg Department of Public Safety officers that she’d had an argument with her boyfriend and decided to take a walk around 1 a.m.

As she walked down Broughton Street, a man, later identified as Jenkins, approached her and asked for a cigarette lighter and to use her phone.

She told Jenkins that she needed to go because she had a daughter at home.

Jenkins pulled out a gun and forced her behind 1005 Broughton St., where he forced her to perform a sex act and then sexually assaulted her, she said.

He told her to leave and not to look back or he would shoot her, she said.

Orangeburg County EMS transported the woman to the Regional Medical Center for treatment.

In September 2017, ODPS charged Jenkins with kidnapping and first-degree criminal sexual conduct after he was identified through the South Carolina State DNA database.

Jenkins’ prior convictions include:

  • 2007 -- Unlawful carrying of a pistol
  • 2012 -- First-offense possession of cocaine, unlawful carrying of a pistol
  • 2017 -- First-degree domestic violence, obstructing justice
  • 2018 -- Second-degree domestic violence

Jenkins’ attorney, Skyler Hutto, told the court, “I understand the jury’s verdict.”

He said that Jenkins has been “cordial and cooperative” throughout his representation of him in the case.

He also noted that the Jan. 6, 2015 incident was “out of character” for Jenkins.

“It appears there’s nothing of this severity in his previous convictions,” Hutto said.

Jenkins’ mother, Yovonda Jenkins, told the court, “He’d never rape anybody. He’d never beat up nobody.”

“I really don’t think he raped her,” she said before breaking down in tears and exiting the courtroom.

First Judicial Circuit Deputy Solicitor Ashley Cornwell prosecuted the case.

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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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