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Armed robbery, kidnapping suspect found guilty, sentenced to 18 years

Quartis Hemingway in court on Thursday. Quartis Hemingway in court on Thursday.

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – After deliberating for two hours Friday, an Horry County jury found Quartis Hemingway guilty of two counts each of armed robbery and kidnapping, and a judge sentenced him to 18 years in prison without the possibility of parole.

On January 17, 2014, Hemingway contacted two victims, offering to sell two cars for $500 in cash, according to a release from the 15th Circuit Solicitor's Office. Hemingway met the victims, lured one of them into the woods, and then accosted him, brandishing a revolver and threatening his life. Two masked men, the defendant's partners, forced the female victim to join them. The victims were then tied up and continuously threatened by Hemingway and his partners.

“At one point, the defendant fired the pistol in the ground between the two victims' heads to emphasize the seriousness of his threats,” the news release states. “Eventually, the defendants fled the crime scene and the victims were able to loosen the tape and seek assistance.”

Digital resources played a large role in determining Hemingway's identity, as the victims claimed they were able to tie the phone number used by the suspect to call them to Hemingway's Facebook account.

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On Friday, Hemingway was found guilty of two counts of armed robbery, and two counts of kidnapping. Judge Michael Nettles sentenced him to 18 years incarceration without the possibility of parole, calling his actions on that day “wicked” and deliberate.

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