One of the suspects in the Sunhouse robberies, murders pleads guilty

Sunhouse suspect pleads guilty

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – One of the suspects charged in connection with the 2015 Sunhouse convenience store robberies and murders has pleaded guilty.

On Tuesday, McKinley Daniels pleaded guilty to murder and armed robbery, and was sentenced to 45 years in prison. He will receive credit for time already served.

Both Daniels and Jerome Jenkins were set to appear in court Tuesday afternoon.

The two men, along with James Daniels, were charged in connection with a trio of armed robberies in January 2015, two of which were deadly.

On Jan. 2, 2015, 40-year-old Bala Gopal Paruchuri, a clerk at the Sunhouse store in Longs was shot and killed by suspects robbing the store, according to police. Surveillance video from the scene shows two masked men in hoodies.

On Jan. 25, 2015, 30-year-old Trisha Stull, another Sunhouse clerk, was shot and killed during another armed robbery, police say. Again, two masked men in hoodies are seen on the store’s surveillance camera.

The three men were also charged in connection with the armed robbery of the Scotchman store on Lake Arrowhead Road - also on Jan. 25, 2015.

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