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A 54-year-old will be in his 90s before his prison term ends for burglarizing and beating a Marine veteran.

On Monday, Grover Hickson Jr., of 979 Bull St., pleaded guilty before Circuit Judge Ed Dickson to first-degree burglary and assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. 

First Judicial Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe said Dickson sentenced Hickson to 40 years in prison without the possibility of parole.

The charges stem from a Dec. 19, 2017, incident that occurred at a Chestnut Street residence.

Pascoe referred to Hickson as someone who’s been a “menace to society for the past 30 years.”

He said Hickson no longer deserved to be back on the streets.

He praised Dickson for giving Hickson “a very stiff sentence.”

Pascoe said the victim of the crime is a 25-year Marine veteran who received three Purple Hearts after two tours to Vietnam.

The victim also served active duty off the shores of Cuba and the Dominican Republic, Pascoe said.

He called the victim a “career hero” and stated that Hickson, by comparison, has led a life of crime.

Back on Dec. 19, 2017, Hickson broke into the man’s house twice – beating him to the point of losing consciousness.

The man suffered injuries to his head, face and mouth at Hickson’s hands.

It was around 3 a.m. when Hickson first entered the man’s house, where he beat the man before taking his cash, jewelry and his pickup truck.

At 4:30 a.m., Hickson returned to the man’s house and beat him again and then stole 16 firearms – including several high-power rifles.

Pascoe said Hickson left him for dead on the sofa.

Hickson also took cash from the man’s wallet that was left in the man’s pants on the floor of his bedroom.

The truck and firearms were later recovered. The cash and jewelry weren’t recovered, Pascoe said.

Pascoe said Hickson has multiple convictions, including voluntary manslaughter, carjacking and other violent burglaries. Most of those convictions are in Richland County, with his criminal record going back to 1986. He also has other convictions in Orangeburg and Calhoun counties.

Malcolm Ellery Brown, 43, of 1551 Ambrose St., is facing the charge of misprision of a felony because he allegedly accompanied Hickson to the Chestnut Street residence and failed to stop the commission of Hickson’s crimes and failed to alert or report the crimes to any medical or law enforcement personnel.

Brown’s charge is pending.

Pascoe said Brown and other eyewitnesses have been cooperative with law enforcement.

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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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