A man with a criminal history going back to 1991 is headed to prison for nine years after pleading guilty to multiple charges.
George Fredrick Murphy IV, 45, of 728 Slab Landing Road, North and also an address in Gaston, pleaded guilty on May 8 to first-offense possession of less than one gram of methamphetamine, financial identity fraud and two counts of violent second-degree burglary.
Circuit Judge Ed Dickson sentenced him to 15 years in prison. After Murphy serves nine years, the remaining balance of the sentence will be suspended to five years of probation.
His probation term may end early upon his payment of restitution and compliance with probation officers.
A grand jury indicted Murphy on one count of first-offense manufacturing/distribution of a quantity of methamphetamine and two counts of first-degree burglary.
As a result of his guilty plea, prosecutors dismissed the following charges: second or subsequent offense of possession of one ounce or less of marijuana, petit larceny, grand larceny and two counts each of first-offense possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and malicious injury to real property.
Murphy’s criminal history dates back to 1991, when he pleaded guilty to forgery and third-degree burglary in Lexington County.
A judge sentenced him under the Youthful Offender Act.
In 2000, a Lexington County magistrate found Murphy guilty of first-offense criminal domestic violence.
The magistrate sentenced him to a fine or 30 days jail time. He was also ordered to complete a treatment program.
Three years later, Murphy received an additional criminal domestic violence conviction in Lexington County and a magistrate sentenced him to 30 days in jail.
Later in 2003, Murphy received the following convictions after the South Congaree Police Department charged him: possession of less than 10 grams of hash, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to stop for blue light, failure to comply with direction of police/fireman and pubic drunk.
In November 2007 in Lexington County, Murphy received a conviction for second-degree non-violent burglary.
Murphy received a conviction on a West Columbia Police Department charge of unlawful carrying of a weapon in April 2016.
Later in 2016, Murphy was convicted on charges of violent second-degree burglary and financial transaction card fraud.
In April 2018, Murphy pleaded guilty to one count of violent second-degree burglary and a magistrate sentenced him to 18 months in prison.
• Derrick Leon Williams, 46, of 125 Cornell Adams Run, Eastover, pleaded guilty to first-offense possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
Dickson sentenced him to 10 years in prison, suspended to three years of probation.
He also ordered Williams to receive an evaluation for drug treatment and comply with the recommendations for outpatient treatment.
A grand jury indicted Williams on a charge of first-offense trafficking in cocaine.
• Andrew Corey Easterlin, 20, of 6141 North Road, Orangeburg, pleaded guilty to second-degree domestic violence.
Dickson sentenced him under the Youthful Offender Act not to exceed three years, suspended to one year of probation.
Dickson gave Easterlin credit for having already served seven days at the Orangeburg County Detention Center.
Easterlin’s probation term may end after he completes a batterer’s treatment program.
A grand jury indicted Easterlin on the count of domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature.
He’s prohibited from possessing a firearm and ammunition for the next three years.
As part of Easterlin’s guilty plea, prosecutors dismissed the charge of unlawful possession of a machine gun or sawed-off shotgun or rifle.