Two men admitted their guilt in a 2016 Orangeburg kidnapping and began serving their sentences this past week.
Gene Ray Williams, 39, of 215 Goldcoast St., Neeses and Justin Michael Binnicker, 29, of 111 North Render Road, Orangeburg both pleaded guilty to the Aug. 2, 2016 kidnapping of a man.
In addition to kidnapping, Williams pleaded guilty to driving under suspension, third or subsequent offense and possession of less than one gram of methamphetamine or cocaine base.
Circuit Judge Ed Dickson sentenced him to 15 years in prison, suspended to five years of probation.
Binnicker also pleaded guilty to possession of less than one gram of methamphetamine, second offense.
Dickson sentenced him to 20 years in prison, provided that upon the service of four years, the balance of the sentence will be suspended to five years of probation.
The two men were also charged with strong-arm robbery, but those charges were dismissed.
According to an Orangeburg Department of Public Safety incident report, a man called 911 on Aug. 2 to report that someone was trying to kill him.
Officers located the man inside a fence at The Plant Depot near the 800-block of Chestnut Street. He told them he went to the Southern Lodge motel at 1017 Chestnut St. to meet Binnicker. When Binnicker came out of one of the rooms to meet him, he placed duct tape around his wrists, holding him against his will, the victim said.
He told police his keys, wallet and $50 were stolen.
Once he was able to free himself, the victim said he left the scene and called for help.
Others who have pleaded guilty for their involvement in this incident include: Michael Levi Craven, 23, of 265 Bair St.; Melissa Braxton Fields, 43, of 111 N. Rivelon Road and Kenneth Crosby, 33, of 6081 Kym Lane.
Craven pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy, but was originally charged with kidnapping. He’s serving three years of probation under the Youthful Offender Act.
Crosby pleaded guilty to kidnapping. He’s serving three years of probation.
Fields pleaded guilty to misprision of a felony, but she was originally charged with kidnapping. She’s serving 30 months of probation.