A Laurens County man was convicted Monday for his role in a 2010 robbery in Greenwood County.
Records indicated Stephen Fincher, 35, of 100 Tiger Lane, Laurens, stood before a Greenwood County magistrate court judge and pleaded guilty to charges of petit larceny and breach of trust, obtaining property under false tokens (value $2,000 or less) in connection with the incident. Chief Magistrate Bart McGuire sentenced the defendant to 30 days for each count.
According to an incident report from the Greenwood County Sheriff's Office, Fincher admitted he helped steal more than $11,000 worth of high-powered tools, farm equipment, storage bins and gardening supplies from an outhouse along Sunset Drive in Greenwood in December 2010. Fincher was tied to thefts in both Greenwood and Laurens counties, the report indicated.
GCSO investigators recovered several of the stolen items, and Fincher was subsequently sentenced to 10 years in prison for burglary, according to the South Carolina Department of Corrections.
Monday's hearing was the defendant's first sentence in Greenwood County. He was transferred from SCDC custody to be brought before a Greenwood County judge for the hearing.
Investigators were able to show Fincher pawned a flute stolen from the Greenwood shed three days after the robbery was reported. The GCSO report indicated he pawned the instrument at Apache Pawn and Gun, 1101 S. Main St.