Friday, December 20, 2013
A man accused of participating in a string of burglaries in the Maryville area within the past year was hoping to have his $350,000 bond reduced so he could spend the holidays with his family.
However, Circuit Court Judge Larry Hyman, after hearing the rap sheet of 18-year-old Shyheim Rayquan Gardner, decided to deny that request.
Gardner is one of five suspects arrested in late October and early November for participating in 16 burglaries that took place between Sept. 2012 and May, 2013.
The main things stolen during the burglaries were flat screen TVs, Wii game systems and cash.
According to testimony from Assistant Solicitor Ricky Todd during Thursday’s hearing, Gardner’s criminal history includes burglary in the 3rd degree, burglary in the 2nd degree, five counts of distribution of heroin, three counts of distribution of crack cocaine, grand larceny and unlawful sale of a machine gun.
He was caught on surveillance cameras selling guns, the state says.
“I don’t want him out. I don’t think these victims want him out,” Todd said.
Gardner, according to the testimony, was involved with a gang since he was a juvenile and was involved with the theft of a motorcycle in Horry County.
Gardner’s attorney, Juluian Hannah, asked that the bond be reduced to $50,000 so he can be free to help with his defense.
Hyman said based on Gardner’s history, the request was denied.
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