Man sentenced to 30 years for armed robbery at church

| March 10, 2012

MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) – A man was sentenced to 30 years in prison for robbing a woman in a Berkeley County church.

After deliberating for less than two hours, a Berkeley County jury found Benjamin Jackson, III, guilty of armed robbery, kidnapping, second-degree burglary, grand larceny, possession of a firearm during commission of violent crime and failure to stop for blue lights.

The charges stem from a robbery that took place inside the St Stephen Evangelical Church on May 18, 2010.

Circuit Court Judge J.C. Nicholson sentenced Jackson to the maximum sentence on each charge: 30 years for the armed robbery and kidnapping, 15 years for second-degree burglary, 10 years for the grand larceny, five years for the possession of firearm during commission of a violent crime and three years on the failure to stop for blue lights. The sentences will be served concurrently.

The case was prosecuted by Deputy Solicitor Bryan Alfaro and Assistant Solicitor Ariel Pitman.

During the three day trial, the victim testified that she was cleaning inside the St Stephen Evangelical Church on May 18, 2010, at 9:30 a.m, when Jackson entered the church armed with a rifle or shotgun, pointed the weapon in the victim's face and threatened to "blow her head off" unless she gave him her keys and cell phone.

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