A 40-year-old Rowesville man will spend the next several years in prison after pleading guilty to three felony charges stemming from a 2018 incident.

Anthony Brister of 504 River Drive pleaded guilty in March to assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature and violent second-degree burglary.

Circuit Judge Ed Dickson sentenced him to seven-and-a-half years in prison. Brister was given credit for having already served 300 days at the Orangeburg County Detention Center.

As a result of his plea agreement, prosecutors dismissed charges of second-degree domestic violence and two counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

Brister arrived at his ex-girlfriend’s residence unannounced around 10 p.m. on May 23. A friend was washing his clothes at the residence and Brister punched him in the face.

Brister and the friend engaged in a fistfight, according to an Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

The friend told deputies that he pinned Brister on a bed and then felt a sharp object touching his back. He realized Brister had a knife and was attempting to stab him, the report said.

At that point, Brister’s ex-girlfriend woke up and tried to separate the two men.

The ex-girlfriend and her friend were able to overpower Brister, but not before he tried to stab her too, the report said.

She told deputies that she received injuries to her hands when she caught Brister’s knife.

As Brister left the house, he told her, “Anybody that hangs around you, I am going to kill them,” the incident report states.

He was originally indicted on charges of attempted murder, first-degree burglary and domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature. Brister faced a maximum life sentence if he had been convicted of first-degree burglary.

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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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