Brothers found guilty of armed robbery, sentenced to 15 years

Home invasion verdict
Kenneth Bell (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Kenneth Bell (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Christopher Bell (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Christopher Bell (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The second of two suspects has been sentenced for their role in a home invasion and armed robbery in Myrtle Beach in February.

On August 15, 22-year-old Kenneth Jordan Bell was found guilty of armed robbery, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, kidnapping, burglary & criminal conspiracy, according to the Horry County Court Public Index. He wan sentenced to 15 years in jail.

His brother, 27-year-old Christopher Bell, pleaded guilty to first degree burglary, armed robbery, and criminal conspiracy on Sept. 13. He was also sentenced to 15 years in the South Carolina Department of Corrections.

The home invasion was reported in early February 2013. The incident report from Horry County Police states officers were called to an apartment on Hopkins Circle to find two suspects walking away from the scene of an alleged home invasion.

The men were wearing black masks, blue jeans and white shoes as they got into a car, also occupied by a female and a dog.

Once the police stopped them from leaving, they discovered one of the men had a gun, which the victim told them was pointed in his friend's face.

Those victims admit they had been fooled. After receiving texts and calls from a female friend about a dinner date, they opened the door to help guide her toward the home when the two men forced their way inside and demanded valuables. That's when, according to the report, the victim's recognized the voices of the suspects as their acquaintances from previous arrests - Kenneth and Christopher Bell.

The two brothers removed their masks, but were holding the gun and tire iron as they gathered items of value from them.

When the police arrived and took both men into custody they found broken glass, a laptop, a tire iron, a black pistol case, pistol cleaner and a handgun in the vehicle.

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