Kidnapping suspect gets 15 year prison sentence

Bill Rex Adams (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Bill Rex Adams (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – The primary suspect in an attempted kidnapping in March 2012 has been sentenced to spend 15 years behind bars.

According to Horry County Police spokesman Lt. Robert Kegler, officer responded to a Conway home on Saturday, March 17, 2012 where there was a reported burglary in progress.

What they found was front window screen cut with an edged weapon, where a suspect gained access to a young girl's rubbing. Once inside, the suspect allegedly rubbed the girl's back and feet, enticing her to "go outside and play."

The suspect, 23-year-old Bill Rex Adams Jr., of Conway, was frightened and fled the home when someone inside woke up. The resident saw Adams, according to police, and gave officers his name as the possible intruder.

Officers searched the area and located a truck registered to a family member of Adams. K-9 Units were called to the scene of the truck to begin tracking Adams while officers went to Adams' home in an attempt to locate him.

Adams was then spotted by officers in a wooded area behind the home. He attempted to flee, but was taken into custody after a brief foot chase.

Bill Rex Adams was charged with burglary, driving under suspension, kidnapping, and lewd act upon a child.

On Tuesday, July 9, Adams pleaded guilty to attempted kidnapping and was sentenced to 15 years in the SC Department of Corrections. He must serve 85 percent of that sentence before becoming eligible for parole.

Upon his release, Adams will be required to register as a sex offender.

During the search for Adams in March 2012, two individuals provided false statements as to where he may have been. They were both initially charged with accessory after the fact to a felony. Assistant Solicitor Martin Spratlin says the charges against them will likely be dropped as a condition of Mr. Adams' guilty plea.

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