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More than law enforcement hunts Spain

Spain was wearing an ankle monitor like this one during his home detention as a condition of his bail. Spain was wearing an ankle monitor like this one during his home detention as a condition of his bail.

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) Authorities are still searching for thirty-four-year old Kashief Spain after he removed his electronic monitoring device Monday night.

Spain first made headlines in November, when a drug-related arrest revealed he was in possession of a gun belonging to former North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Director William Bailey. The gun was reported stolen in 2009.

Authorities say Spain was arrested on those charges, but had since posted bond. The device was considered nothing more than an extra set of eyes.

"He was not in our facility," said J. Reuben Long Detention Center Deputy Director Joey Johnson. "He was at home. The bracelet was just an extra tool for our people to check in on him and for him to check in with us."

However, not including this arrest, Spain already had a considerable record of criminal convictions, including several violent robbery convictions netting fifteen year sentences. Those convictions wouldn't have played a role in his bond hearing, though, according to Deputy Solicitor Jimmy Richardson.

"The magistrate who set his bond would have looked at just two things," Richardson said. "If he's a flight risk is one.  The other is if he's a danger to the community."

Now that Spain has violated the rules of his bond, it's not just law enforcement that's searching for him. The bondsman that vouched for Spain is now out $45,000, and fellow bondsmen say that's forty-five thousand reasons to search for him.

"We as bondsmen take the necessary steps to assure he's back in custody," said Paul Heffinger of Assure Bonding. "We can go anywhere in South Carolina and pick him up."


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