Thursday, August 25, 2016
A county man was sentenced to life in prison this week after a Georgetown County jury found him guilty on charges that stemmed from an armed robbery in early 2015.
On Thursday, Aug. 25, the jury found Stanley Delanor Moultrie, 49, Pennyroyal Road, guilty on an armed robbery charge.
After the jury handed down its verdict, Judge D. Craig Brown sentenced him to life in prison without the possiblity of parole.
The charge stemmed from a Georgetown Police Department investigation into the armed robbery of Shoe Show, 1324 N. Fraser St., on Jan. 20, 2015. In a press release from the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, Assistant Solicitor Austin Thomas commended the work by the GPD in building a solid case against Moultrie.
The life sentence was handed down because of South Carolina’s recidivism statute.
Thomas said Moultrie was previously convicted of three counts of armed robbery in the 1990s and was sentenced to 18 years for those incidents. Moultrie also was convicted of attempted armed robbery in 2007 and received a 12-year sentence, which he was on parole at that time of the Georgetown robbery.
Moultrie also has pending charges of armed robbery in Horry County and Charleston County for incidents that occurred around the same time as the Georgetown County robbery and was being investigated for a Richland County burglary, Thomas said. The defendant has two pending charges of armed robbery in Horry County involving the Jan. 24, 2015, robbery of Hot Topic and the Jan. 13, 2015, robbery of Zumiez, both in Coastal Grande Mall. There were two separate robberies in Charleston County in January of 2015, including one where the victim is alleged to have been assaulted in a sexual manner. The defendant is a sex offender based on convictions in 2003 and 2004 for indecent exposure.
“Under South Carolina’s recidivism statute, the so-called two and three strikes law, this is Mr. Moultrie’s third conviction for most serious crimes, so the mandatory penalty is life without parole,” Thomas said of Moultrie’s sentence.
In the Georgetown case that ended up resulting in a life sentence for Moultrie, Thomas singled out the Georgetown Police Department for a job well done.
“Thank you also to the Georgetown Police Department,” Thomas said, “for going the extra mile in its investigation of this case.”
According to the Jan. 20, 2015, incident report, police arrived at Shoe Show at 9:45 a.m. and met with an employee, who told them she had just been robbed at knifepoint. Police said the woman told them a black man in a blue jump suit, glasses and a hat came into the store and asked for her help finding a pair of size 13 shoes. The woman reported she led him to the shoes, police said, before he grabbed her and put a knife to her back. The man then led her to the front of the store, police said, and told her to empty both registers. The woman told police the man left the store with about $300.
In the press release, Thomas also commended the employee’s service as a key witness during the trial, which began on Mondya, Aug. 22.
“I would like to thank the victim for being brave enough to take the stand and tell her story,” Thomas said. “I believe the jury found her testimony to be very credible.”
Although Moultrie’s name is not listed on the incident report, he was identified as a suspect and arrested the following day.