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A 55-year-old Orangeburg man will serve 18 months of probation after he pleaded guilty to attempting to burn down an occupied home.

On Feb. 20, Circuit Judge Ed Dickson sentenced James “Jimmy” Boone of 417 Lake Edisto Road to five years in prison, suspended to 18 months of probation.

Dickson ordered Boone to take medication as prescribed and to comply with any evaluations requested by his probation officer.

He also ordered Boone not to have any contact with the victim or her daughter.

Dickson gave Boone credit for the time he’s served at the Orangeburg County Detention Center since Dec. 25, 2016.

Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a Lake Edisto Drive residence around 9:30 p.m. on Christmas Day 2016. A woman reported that Boone was at the residence, despite a judge ordering him not to go there.

As deputies approached the home, Boone yelled that he’d poured gasoline inside and around the residence.

Deputies called for the SWAT team as the responding officers moved back from the property.

When SWAT team members approached Boone, he attempted to light a paper towel to ignite a puddle of fluid, an incident report states.

A K-9 handler released “K-9 Turbo” while another officer deployed a non-lethal beanbag gun on Boone.

When the beanbag gun had no effect on Boone, Turbo pounced on him and dragged him through the flaming liquid to safety, the report states.

The flames were put out and Boone was treated for injuries he received when Turbo dragged him from the fire.

In other reports:

• Joshuaa Brionn Jarrett Collier, 20, of 795 Bill Salley Road, Orangeburg, pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary.

Dickson sentenced Collier under the Youthful Offender Act to five years, giving him credit for time served.

Collier originally faced the charge of second-degree burglary from the June 8, 2016 incident.

• Aaron Devon Ryant, 26, of 513 Frederick Street, Denmark, pleaded guilty to third or subsequent driving under suspension and first-offense failure to stop for blue light.

Dickson sentenced Ryant to 60 days in jail, giving him credit for having already served 18 days.

Ryant is allowed to serve time on weekends.

• Jaqon Javier Haynes, 24, of 500 Fletcher Street Apt. 1618, pleaded guilty to unlawful carrying of a handgun, possession of less than one gram of crack cocaine and third-degree domestic violence.

Dickson sentenced him to three years in prison, suspended to 18 months of probation.

• Bernard Marvin Singleton Jr., 28, of 2007 Woodland Road, Charleston, pleaded guilty to possession of a handgun by a person convicted of a crime of violence.

Dickson sentenced him to six months in prison, giving him credit for 17 days he's already served in jail.

Prosecutors dismissed an additional charge of possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a violent felony and possession of a stolen pistol.

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Staff Writer

Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 15 years.

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