Lexington County Armed Robbery Criminal Charges
In 2010, Samuel Travis Wiggins broke into the home of a computer specialist who had done work for him, and stole several high-dollar items while holding the man’s wife at gun-point. On Wednesday, according to a press release from Lexington County, Wiggins pleaded guilty to Lexington County criminal charges, including home invasion burglary first degree, armed robbery, and kidnapping.
Wiggins was sentenced to 25 years in prison because of the criminal charges.
Criminal Charges for First Degree Burglary in Lexington County
The incident occurred on August 30, 2010, on the defendants’ property Founders Boulevard. The couple had installed surveillance cameras, and captured the crime on video.
Wiggins entered the home and found the co-defendant, Amanda Furr, alone in the house. Wiggins pulled a gun and ordered her to lie on the kitchen floor, while he and his cohort gathered jewelry, computers, guns, and cash. While the robbers were distracted, Furr ran to the backyard in a bid to escape, but Wiggins tackled her in the backyard and held her down until the robbery was over.
Furr said she thought she was going to be killed because she knew the robbers from her husband’s work.
Wiggins’ co-defendant is expected to plead guilty next month.
Lexington County Armed Robbery and Criminal Charges and Defense
Robbery is a crime that can be classified as larceny by force or by threat of force. It’s a type of theft distinguished by the use of force, intimidation, and/or violence to seize someone else’s property. Robbery can include the use of force or intimidation and all the elements of the crime of larceny.
Armed robbery refers to a specific type of robbery that involves the use of a weapon, a replica of a weapon, or the pretense of having a weapon.
An armed robbery charge is one of the most serious charges an individual can face and may be filed in conjunction with illegal possession and/or assault with a deadly weapon charges.
Armed robbery can happen on any type of property, whether it’s a private residence, a store, or a bank. When a person robs a bank that is federally insured, the offense may be charged as a federal crime, meaning that it will be handled by in the federal court system.
Defense Against Criminal Charges in Lexington County
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The Strom Law Firm can offer a thorough defense against a variety of criminal charges in Lexington County and throughout South Carolina, including state and federal charges of armed robbery, robbery, theft, and kidnapping. Lexington County criminal charges can hurt your reputation and prevent you from getting a job, or a good education, whether you are in South Carolina or anywhere in the US. We offer free, confidential consultations to discuss the facts of your case, so call us today. 803.252.4800.