A Piedmont man is facing 20 years behind bars after pleading guilty to a burglary charge stemming from a 2018 break-in in Laurens County, according to the 8th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

Christopher Michael Massey, 37, pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon to first-degree burglary at the Laurens County Courthouse. Circuit Judge Eugene Griffith sentenced him to 20 years in prison. Since the conviction is considered a violent offense under state law, Massey is required to serve at least 85% of the sentence before being considered for release.

In June 2018, neighbors of a Neely Ferry Road residence saw a vehicle normally parked at the residence was missing and notified the homeowner’s family, a release said. The homeowner said later that day that multiple guns had been stolen from the house along with other items and the 1998 GMC Jimmy that was usually parked in the driveway.

Investigators learned Massey was in Simpsonville, and while searching for him investigators learned he was in custody following a wreck.

Assistant Solicitor Wade Dowtin handled the state’s case, while Massey was represented by Matthew Kappell of the Greenville County Bar.