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Scales of justice

An Orangeburg man must serve five years of probation and pay restitution after he admitted stealing someone’s truck.

Christopher Israel Wood, 20, of 145 Louise Drive, pleaded guilty last month to first-offense third-degree burglary, petit larceny and grand larceny valued between $2,000 and $10,000.

Circuit Judge Diane Goodstein sentenced him under the Youthful Offender Act not to exceed five years in prison, suspended to five years of probation.

She also ordered him to pay restitution and obtain his GED.

An indictment accuses Wood of taking a 1992 black Chevrolet Silverado truck on Jan. 1, 2019.

As a result of Wood’s guilty plea, prosecutors dismissed a charge of petit larceny.

In other pleas:

• James Brian Cowan, 46, of 242 Jacques Haven Road, Gaston, entered an Alford plea of first-offense manufacturing/distribution of methamphetamine.

An Alford plea means that the defendant agrees that a jury would likely find him guilty. An Alford guilty plea appears as a standard guilty plea on a person’s criminal record.

Goodstein sentenced him to six years in prison, suspended to three years of probation.

A grand jury indicted him on the charge of first-offense trafficking in methamphetamine of more than 10 grams but less than 28 grams.

• Antwuan Cornellius Brown, 34, of 1932 Duncan Chapel Road, Bowman, pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and battery.

Goodstein sentenced him to one day at the Orangeburg County Detention Center.

A grand jury indicted him on the charge of unlawful neglect of a child. The indictment accuses him of punching an 8-year-old boy in the eye on March 12, 2018.

• Robert Lee Pelzer Jr., 20, of 1090 St. Matthews Road, Orangeburg, pleaded guilty to unlawful carrying of a handgun.

Goodstein sentenced him under the Youthful Offender Act not to exceed one year, suspended to one year of probation.

She also ordered him to undergo random drug/alcohol testing and work 40 hours of public service employment.

A grand jury indicted him on the charge of carrying weapons on school property. An indictment accuses him of possessing a .380-caliber handgun on the campus of South Carolina State University on Nov. 5, 2018.

• Rashard Devron Riley, 27, of 137 Fortune Road, Orangeburg, pleaded guilty to first-offense possession of cocaine.

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

She also ordered him to complete substance abuse counseling and undergo random drug/alcohol testing.

She stipulated that he must remain in the treatment program at the Veterans Administration hospital and follow all recommendations.

• De’Fari Cequan Winfield, 27, of 1496 Ashley Street, Orangeburg, pleaded guilty to first-offense possession of a controlled substance, namely Percocet.

Goodstein sentenced him to six months in prison, suspended to two years of probation.

She ordered him to compete substance abuse counseling and undergo random drug/alcohol testing.

She also required him to attend either Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous twice weekly.

In addition, Winfield is prohibited from entering the premises of Roosevelt Gardens apartments.

• Danielle Elizabeth Williams, 40, of 931 Whitman Street, Orangeburg, pleaded guilty to first-offense possession of cocaine.

Goodstein sentenced her to one day in jail. She gave Williams credit for time served.

As a result of her guilty plea, prosecutors dismissed an additional charge of first-offense possession of less than one gram of cocaine.

• Jaheim Datwan Bernard Hampton, 17, of 509 Breezy Drive, Orangeburg, pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful carrying of a handgun.

Goodstein sentenced him under the Youthful Offender Act not to exceed one year, suspended to 18 months of probation.

She stipulated that his probation term will end earlier once he obtains his GED.

As a result of his guilty pleas, prosecutors dismissed the charge of possession of a pistol by a person unlawful.

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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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