Guilty Pleas Include Trafficking Meth, 1st Degree Assault

Guilty Pleas were heard yesterday by Circuit Court Judges in two Laurens County Courtrooms during the first day of a new session of Laurens County General Sessions Court. An anticipated jury trial was postponed.


57-year-old Johnny Earl Womble of 1007 North Sloan Street, Clinton pled to Trafficking in Meth or Cocaine Base, between 10 and 28 grams. Judge McIntosh sentenced Johnny Earl Womble to four years in jail. Womble received credit for 460 days already spent in jail. Other charges that were dismissed against Womble were Assault and Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature, 2nd Offense Possession of a Controlled Substance, 2nd Offense Possession of Marijuana and Drug Possession with Intent to Distribute in Proximity of a School.

22-year-old Keshawn Jamal Keith of 112 Sumter Street, Laurens pled to 1st Degree Assault and Battery. He was sentenced under the Youthful Offender Act to a term not to exceed six years. Keith was given credit for 309 days in jail. He is forbidden to have contact with his victim, directly or indirectly. Charges may be expunged after an appropriate time.

In accepting the 1st Degree Assault plea, the judge dismissed another charge for Possession of a Weapon During Commission of a Violent Crime.

31-year-old Antwain Jermaine Abercrombie of 100 Helen Street, Piedmont yesterday entered a guilty plea to charging including 2nd Degree Burglary, Failure to Stop for a Blue Light, Driving Under Suspension and Habitual Offender for Driving under Suspension. Judge McIntosh sentenced Abercrombie to five years, with credit for five days served.

Among other cases heard yesterday by Judge McIntosh, 27-year-old Tyler Aaron Charping of 15 Tray Drive, Greenville pled to Forgery, valued at under $10,000. He was sentenced to two years in prison, with credit given for the 55 days he’s already spent behind bars. Charping was also recommended for an addiction treatment unit.

From Southern Greenville County, 62-year-old Kenneth Edward Bennett of 1102 McKelvey Road pled to Threatening the Life, Person or Family of a Public Employee. Bennett was sentenced to the 90 days he’s served, awaiting his time in court.