NEWBERRY — Ernest Eugene Williams Jr., 45, was found guilty of armed robbery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and sentenced to 18 years in prison.
A Newberry County jury deliberated for two and a half hours before returning a guilty verdict.
“Our prosecution team did a great job in the preparation and trial of this case along with the support of outstanding investigative work by the city police department, “ said 8th Circuit Solicitor David Stumbo. “A violent and dangerous criminal has been removed from the Newberry community.”
The trial began Dec. 3 and was prosecuted by Deputy Solicitor Dale Scott and Assistant Solicitor Taylor Daniel of the Eighth Circuit Solicitors Office. The state presented evidence that on Dec. 8, 2012, Williams entered the Lil’ Cricket convenience store at 1315 Kendall Road in the city of Newberry while wearing a hooded jacket.
He pointed a handgun at the clerk and demanded money. When the clerk opened the cash register, Williams reached inside and grabbed a handful of cash before fleeing. The Newberry Police Department responded to the scene and investigated the case, which culminated in Williams’ arrest.
Scott said Williams must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole.