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Jimmy Joe Martin, 49, of 1341 Enlow Court, Summerton, pleaded guilty to first-offense possession of methamphetamine, grand larceny valued between $2,000 and $10,000 and three counts of third-degree burglary.

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Circuit Court Judge Maite Murphy sentenced him to five years in prison, suspended to four years of probation.

She ordered him to pay restitution, split with co-defendants: Christopher Douglas Peagler of Santee; Tabitha Christine Weatherford of Orangeburg; Taylor Danielle Weatherford of Holly Hill; and Thomas B. Smith of Elloree.

His co-defendants are already serving sentences for theft crimes committed in 2018 in eastern Orangeburg County.

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Murphy ordered Martin to obtain his GED, complete substance abuse counseling and undergo random drug/alcohol testing.

As part of his plea agreement, prosecutors dismissed three counts of grand larceny and one count of petit larceny.

In other mid-June guilty pleas at Orangeburg County General Sessions Court:

  • Jesse Lee Chavis, 39, of 967 Preserver Road, Neeses, pleaded guilty to first-offense possession of methamphetamine.
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Murphy sentenced him to two years in prison, suspended to 18 months of probation.

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

  • Eric Grant, 49, of 235 Lakewood Drive, Orangeburg, pleaded guilty to second-offense driving under the influence.

Murphy sentenced him to one year of probation and pay a $2,105 fine.

A grand jury indicted Grant on fourth-offense driving under the influence.

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  • Jalen Austin Young, 19, of 1405 Gordon Street, Dillon, pleaded guilty to possession of less than 28 grams of marijuana.

Murphy sentenced him to 30 days at the OCDC or pay a $100 fine within 90 days.

A grand jury indicted Young on one count of first-offense possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

  • Ronald D. Williams, 27, of 1823 Brentwood Street, Orangeburg, pleaded guilty to hit and run resulting in minor personal injury.

Murphy sentenced him to one year in prison, suspended to one year of probation.

She credited Williams for having already served 91 days at the OCDC.

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

A restitution hearing will be held at a later time.

  • Quincy Allen Fogle, 26, of 56 Deer Meadow Lane, St. Matthews, pleaded guilty to common law robbery.

Murphy sentenced him to seven years in prison, suspended to two years of probation.

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

A grand jury indicted Fogle on one count of armed robbery.

As a result of his plea agreement, prosecutors dismissed the following charges: carjacking, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and pointing and presenting firearms at a person.

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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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