GEORGETOWN, SC (WMBF) – A judge sentenced a Georgetown County man to life in prison without the possibility of parole following his conviction for armed robbery.
According to a press release from the Fifteenth Circuit Solicitor's Office, Stanley Moultrie, 49, was found guilty of the charge following a trial that began Monday at the Georgetown County Judicial Center.
Judge D. Craig Brown presided over the case and handed down the life sentence.
The charge stemmed from an armed robbery that occurred on Jan. 20, 2015, at the Shoe Show in Georgetown, according to the press release. Officers with the Georgetown Police Department investigated the case and arrested Moultrie 11 days after the robbery.
Fifteenth Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson said South Carolina is a two-strike state, meaning once someone has been convicted multiple times for a crime considered "most offensive," such as murder, armed robbery or others, a judge has the right to sentence an offender to life imprisonment without parole.
According to Richardson, Moultrie has a previous armed robbery conviction from the 1990s, as well as one for attempted armed robbery in the 2000s.
Additionally, Moultrie had pending armed robbery charges in Charleston and Richland counties, Richardson said. Georgetown County was the first to bring those charges before a jury.