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A 30-year-old Orangeburg man will spend nearly 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to armed robbery, first-degree burglary and kidnapping.

Gregory Lavelle Hodge of 111 Mannlicher Dr. pleaded guilty last month before Circuit Judge Howard King.

King sentenced him to 15 years in prison. Hodge was given credit for the time he’s served at the Orangeburg County Detention Center since Oct. 4, 2018.

As part of his plea agreement, prosecutors dismissed additional charges of grand larceny, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and kidnapping.

On Sept. 27, 2018, Hodge knocked on the door of a Wesley Grove Road home in Cordova. A man was alone at the residence.

Hodge asked the man for a ride to a gas station.

The man agreed, but as the two traveled to a station, Hodge pulled out a knife and demanded the truck be stopped.

At that point, Hodge tied up the man and took control of the truck.

The pair then returned to the residence where Hodge ransacked the home and located a loaded handgun.

After Hodge loaded a television and other items into the man’s truck, he demanded money from him.

The man called his wife and instructed her to make a withdrawal from their bank and bring it home.

When the man’s wife arrived, she discovered that Hodge was holding her husband at gunpoint.

Hodge fled with the money and the truck, which he later abandoned.

The Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office released a composite drawing of the suspect, later identified as Hodge, which drew multiple tips from the community.

After Hodge’s arrest, Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell thanked the community for the tips.

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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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