Winnsboro man found guilty in 2013 home invasion


NEWBERRY — A Winnsboro man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after he was found guilty on charges filed following a 2013 home invasion involving his former girlfriend.

Morris Ray Peters, 50, was found guilty of first degree assault and battery following his trial in Newberry County. The jury acquitted Peters on charges of first degree burglary and kidnapping involving the former girlfriend. Circuit Court Judge Frank Addy Jr. sentenced Peters to 10 years in prison, the maximum sentence allowed by the law, following the verdict.

Eighth Circuit Solicitor David Stumbo announced the verdict Wednesday afternoon.

The charges stemmed from an October 2013 incident in the Chaplin Park neighborhood off S.C. 34 in eastern Newberry County. The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office Critical Incident Response Team responded to a call of a domestic disturbance where Peters was armed with a .22-caliber rifle and was with a former girlfriend. The two had broken up several months prior to the incident.

Peters had a prior criminal history involving domestic violence with the victim and was on trespass notice from the victim’s residence at the time of the incident. CIRT negotiators entered the home and were able to remove the woman from the home before beginning negotiations with Peters.

After more than an hour of negotiating with Peters, CIRT discharged a bean bag round from the doorway of the residence into Peters’ chest. Peters regained his balance and fired a shot directly at Lt. Garrett Lominack, which deflected off Lominack’s bullet-proof tactical shield. Before Peters could chamber another round into the rifle, members of CIRT reached Peters and took him into custody without further incident.