Fifteenth Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson announced that on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, an Horry County teen pleaded guilty to attacking a 72-year-old woman in her Surfside Beach area home.
Nicholas O. Rios, 16, of Horry County, pleaded guilty to attempted murder, first-degree burglary, first-degree criminal sexual assault and kidnapping in the July 19, 2019, attack of a 72-year-old woman, said Lauren Vinson, an assistant solicitor who prosecuted the case for the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office. The Honorable Circuit Court Judge Michael G. Nettles sentenced Rios to 35 years in prison for first-degree burglary and 30 years each for attempted murder, kidnapping and the sexual assault charge. The sentences will run concurrently.
Rios must serve 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible to be considered for parole and must register as a sex offender after his release. The Solicitor’s Office recommended a sentence of 35 years in prison for Rios as part of his plea negotiations. In November, Rios was waived from Family Court to General Sessions Court for prosecution as an adult in the incident that left the victim with “extensive injuries,” Vinson said.
“We took into consideration the heinousness of the crime and felt that the sentence was appropriate,” Vinson said. “The Solicitor’s Office wants to thank officers with the Horry County Police Department for their attention to details that aided in this case being brought to justice so quickly.”