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Two men plead guilty in separate cases

Posted: October 9, 2018 1:14 p.m.
Updated: October 9, 2018 1:13 p.m.

Two Camden men pleaded guilty on Monday to charges in separate cases following their arrests earlier this year.
Monday, Bryan Anthony Mitchell, 26, of Albert Street, Camden, pleaded guilty to the unlawful carrying of a pistol and possession of a handgun with the serial number removed.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Mitchell and another man on Aug. 10 in Lugoff following a traffic stop that morning. A deputy on routine patrol on Tower Road saw a silver car ahead of them with heavy damage to the windshield on the driver’s side. When the deputy approached, the driver -- identified as a 32-year-old Ridgeway man -- admitted he did not have any identification. After confirming the man’s name and determining he was driving under suspension for a third time, the deputy asked for another unit to assist.

The reporting deputy identified three other people in the car, including Mitchell. The deputy smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the car, at which point one of the men in the back seat handed him some marijuana rolled up in a $20 bill. After the other deputy arrived, they had everyone get out of the car so it could be searched, finding a bookbag on the floorboard in front of where Mitchell had been sitting.

In the bookbag, a deputy found a HiPoint 9 mm handgun with its serial number scraped off. In addition, they found some marijuana shoved into the pocket of the driver’s seat behind which Mitchell had been sitting.

In addition to the unlawful carry and serial number-related charges, deputies also arrested and charged Mitchell for possession of a handgun by a convicted violent felon and marijuana possession.

On Sept. 12, Mitchell pleaded guilty to marijuana possession and a judge sentenced him to 15 days in jail.

On Sept. 19, solicitors dropped the possession of a handgun by a convicted violent felon.

After pleading guilty Monday, a judge sentenced Mitchell to one year in jail, credited with time served and suspended with 18 months probation.

Also on Monday, Troy Douglas Jenkins, 51, of York Street, Camden, pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary.

A Camden Police Department officer arrested Jenkins about a year and a half ago on Feb. 13, 2017. According to a police report, the officer responded to a burglary at Cashman Jewelry and Pawn on Lyttleton Street. Around 7:40 p.m. that day, a surveillance system caught Jenkins walking up to the side of the business wearing gray pants with light and dark stripes down the sides of each leg, a long sleeve gray shirt and ball cap with the bill facing the rear. Jenkins could be seen pushing a piece of wood out of a small window. He then walked away, walking toward a nearby bank.

At about 8:10 p.m., Jenkins could be seen on video again and walking around the business looking at the windows for about 10 minutes. He then could be seen picking up a piece of concrete and throwing it through a window. He then crawled into the pawn shop through the window and exited the same way about two minutes later, apparently empty-handed.

Several hours after reviewing the security video, an officer saw Jenkins walking west on DeKalb Street wearing clothing similar to those of the person on the video. The officer arrested him, took him to the detention center and charged him with first-degree burglary.

Following his plea on Monday, a judge sentenced him to spend four of 10 years in jail, credited with a little more than 16 months time, with the balance suspended upon three year’s probation and paying $50 in restitution.

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