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3 people plead guilty after 2013 Longs home invasion

Domenic Merino of Myrtle Beach, 27, (J. Reuben Long Detention Center). Domenic Merino of Myrtle Beach, 27, (J. Reuben Long Detention Center).
Shannon Cooper, 23, of Conway(Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center). Shannon Cooper, 23, of Conway(Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center).
Kyla Saitta. (J. Reuben Long Detention Center). Kyla Saitta. (J. Reuben Long Detention Center).
HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Three people pleaded guilty in an Horry County General Sessions Court Monday after a victim was kidnapped, robbed by gunpoint and assaulted at a Longs residence in 2013.

According to a press release from the solicitor's office, On September 4, 2013 the three suspects, in addition to three other co-defendants traveled to the victim's residence in a van, broke in to the home, and located the victim in a bedroom. Officials stated that the six individuals tied the victim up, held a gun to her head, demanded money and assaulted her. Kyla Saitta, Domenic Merino, Shannon Cooper and the three others stole a television, a gaming console, a rifle, money, and fled the scene, officials say.

According to the SC Solicitor's office, Saitta, Merino, 27, of Myrtle Beach, and Cooper, 23, of Conway, pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary, armed robbery, and kidnapping in front of the Honorable Benjamin H. Culbertson. Saitta was sentenced to serve 15 years on each charge concurrently; Merino and Cooper were sentenced to serve 22 years on each charge concurrently, officials say. The three defendants were scheduled for trial during the week of April 20, prior to the entering guilty pleas, according to officials.

Officials say the crimes that the defendants were charged with are considered violent, and serious under SC law. All three defendants must serve at least 85 percent of their sentence before being eligible for parole, officials stated.

The Horry County Police Department arrested all six participants in this crime, and officials say a seventh suspect is being charged with accessory after the fact. According to law enforcement, charges against the seventh suspect and the three remaining co-defendants are still pending in Horry County General Sessions Court.

Fifteenth Circuit Assistant Solicitors Thomas Terrell, III and Lauree Richardson were assigned to prosecute the case.

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