HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A jury found a local 20-year-old guilty of First Degree Burglary on Tuesday, October 8, according to the State Solicitor's office.
The statement from the Solicitor's Office mentions two accomplices alongside of Zachary Bullock. Bullock was convicted of a burglary that occurred on January 12, 2012. On January 17, he and two other then-teens were arrested together and charged for the burglary of a residence in Carolina Forest.
Allegedly, one accomplice waited outside in a getaway car, while Bullock and another accomplice forcibly entered the victim's residence without the owner's consent. They stole several valuable items, including a .45 caliber pistol.
Through police investigation, and the testimony of two cooperating co-defendants, police charged Bullock for a slew of other burglaries in Horry County since December 2011. The codefendants testified Bullock not only led the commission of the crimes, but he also selected the homes they were going to steal from.
The investigation led police to charge Bullock with two counts of First Degree Burglary, two counts of Second Degree Burglary, three counts of Breaking and Entering a house with the intent to steal, one count of Grand Larceny, one count of Possession of tool capable of being used in a crime, and one count of breach of trust with fraudulent intent. Only one count of Burglary in the First Degree was called to trial.
Bullock was sentenced to 15 years in prison. First degree burglary is a violent, "most serious" offense. The State Solicitor's office said Bullock must be incarcerated for at 85% of his sentence before he has any possibility of parole or release. If he is ever convicted of another "most serious" offense, the state may seek a sentence of life without the option of parole.