Convicted burglar sentenced to 25 years
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 12:00 AM
A convicted burglar was sentenced to 25 years in prison Monday for his role in a 2012 break-in at a Bradley home.
Edward Lee Dean, 37, 120 Taggart Ave., Greenwood, appeared in court during a sentencing hearing at Greenwood County Courthouse. On March 5, he was convicted after a jury found him guilty of three charges tied to an August 2012 home invasion at a residence along Simpkins Road, near S.C. Highway 10.
Circuit Court Judge Frank Addy presided over Dean’s two-day trial in March, and ordered the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services to do a pre-sentencing investigation prior to sentencing. Dean went before the same judge again Monday, and stood stone-faced as Addy handed down his final ruling.
According to the sentence, Dean was ordered to serve 25 years for the first-degree burglary conviction and 10 years apiece on the counts of grand larceny and malicious injury to property. All three prison terms will be served concurrently and Dean was credited for 141 days he’s already served in jail.
The DPPPS pre-sentencing report simply recommended a period of incarceration as Dean’s punishment, officials said. According to prosecutors, Addy delayed the defendants’ sentencing at the behest of his defense attorneys, who wanted to wait on the outcome for one of his co-defendants in the case. Deputies apprehended Adrian Gaston, a 22-year-old Greenwood man, five days after arresting Dean and tied both to the same break-in. Gaston testified against Dean during the March trial. Charles Grose, who represented Dean in court, argued for a new trial, contending prosecutors offered Gaston a plea deal to testify against his client. Grose also cited the fact that a second co-defendant was arrested on a bench warrant last week, and told authorities he never committed a crime with Dean.
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