Guilty Pleas Ranged from Obscene Material to Minor to Burglary, Assault

Of eleven people entering guilty pleas before judges in Laurens Circuit Court yesterday, a Waterloo man was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading on a sex crime. 32-year-old Matthew Blake Pierce of Pilgrim Circle pled guilty to Disseminating Obscene Material to a Minor, 12-years-old or younger. Judge Walton McLeod IV sentenced Mr. Pierce to five years, giving him credit for 750 days he’s already spent in jail. The judge also ordered that Pierce is required to maintain contact with the Sex Offender Registry, once released.

Charges dismissed yesterday included Exposure of Private Parts in a Lewd and Lascivious Manner and Criminal Sexual Contact or Attempt with a Minor under Age Eleven in the 1st Degree.


Also among the ten defendants sentenced by Judge McLeod yesterday, 24-year-old Bryan Franklin Childers Jr. of the 1,000-address range on Garrett Patton Road, Fountain Inn pled guilty to 3rd Degree Burglary. He was sentenced to time served, plus three years on Probation. Childers is required to pay restitution and provide fifty hours of community service. Childers also pled to Petit Larceny and Malicious Damage. He received sentences of 56-days, time already served, on those two cases.


Judge Don Hocker heard guilty pleas yesterday from someone charged with multiple theft-related charges. 21-year-old Raji Ream Scurry of 218 Spring Street, Laurens pled to Strong Armed Robbery and to Breaking into Motor Vehicles or Tanks. He was sentenced to six years on the Strong -Armed Robbery and to five years on the Motor Vehicle Break-in. In both cases, he was given credit for 450 days already spent in jail. The five years will be served concurrently with the six-year sentence.

Charges dismissed on Raji Scurry were Unlawful Carry of a Pistol, Possession of a Stolen Pistol and two counts of Common Law Conspiracy.


Also in Laurens County General Sessions Court yesterday, 33-year-old Matthew Quinton Smith of Oakland Heights, Laurens pled guilty to 1st Degree Domestic Violence. He was sentenced to ten years; provided that after two years the balance can be suspended to three years of Probation. Smith was given credit for 306 days already spent in jail. A Kidnapping charge was dismissed.