Friday, June 8, 2012

Two More Arrested in Goose Creek

Michael Still and Alberta Pierson were arrested by authorities and charged with offenses related to the meth lab explosion and fire in Goose Creek. Readers will remember we called this a few days ago.

Now the focus turns to the bond judges. Initial bonds will be high due to the publicity, but suspects can apply for bond reductions at regular intervals. The results of the forensic investigation should bring even more serious charges for these defendants.

Keep an eye on the 9th Circuit Solicitors Office, too.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Lee Correctional Riot & Cell Phones

Illegal cell phones key to Lee prison riot.

Well, we tried to warn them. We will continue to do so.


Every morning before heading off to earn a living we all take a few minutes to browse the news. We pay attention to the news alerts during the day and hit the media sites again in the evening. The volume of candidates deserving of a feature here on Charleston Thug Life grows with each passing day. We bookmark the stories and the mopes we want to look into. Unfortunately real life things like work and family must take precedence and we fall behind. When we do have the free time for research and writing we try to play catch-up, but it is difficult.

We do appreciate reader tips and helpful suggestions. Some have commented about the way we do our arrest analysis, preferring a quick summary instead. We try to take great care to be as detailed as possible in these summaries because that level of detail shows citizens which judges and solicitors are doing their jobs.

We would like to see the case search sites standardized throughout the state. Charleston County does well with their site and the bond information is helpful. It allows us to keep tabs on bond judges, bond amounts and when defendants bond out of jail. We would like to see every site in the state include this information.

In addition, we would like to see a field added for each solicitor involved in a particular case. Many of the search sites include information on the defense attorney or the public defender assigned to a case, but conveniently leave off the name of the prosecutors. We know it seems like we are criticizing only the elected solicitors, but they do bear the ultimate responsibility for all cases in their offices. If the names of individual prosecutors were included in the case information we could narrow things down a bit further, commending those who do well and giving the lazy, dismissal prone individuals a public slap in the back of the head.

If you agree with us give your solicitors and Clerk of Court a call or shoot them an e-mail to let them know what changes you would like to see.

Maurice "Parkboy Crunch" Aiken

Maurice Aiken, aka "Parkboy Krunch" has been charged with the murder of Demetrius Robinson, aka "Dale Boy Meechie". The incident occurred on May 31st and we wrote about it here. We identified Crunch as the shooter a short time later in this post. Charleston Thug Life - driving the news!

Aiken has quite the criminal history. His adult record began in January of 2003 with charges of Possession of Crack Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana, PWID Crack Near a School and PWID Marijuana Near a School. It took two years to resolve the charges.

In March of 2005 Aiken pled guilty to possession of crack and possession of marijuana. The PWID near a school charges were dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor. Judge Cottingham sentenced him to time served on the marijuana charge. On the crack cocaine charge Aiken was hit with one of those bullshit youthful offender sentences not to exceed six years, which Cottingham then suspended in favor of eighteen months probation.

While out on bond for the above charges, Aiken was charged in November of 2003 with Disturbing Schools and Assault & Battery on School Personnel. Judge Cottingham also dealt with these charged on March 2, 2005. Aiken pled guilty to both and was sentenced to six months and one year respectively, with jail time suspended while he was on the previously mentioned eighteen months probation.

Five months after being put on probation Aiken was charged in August of 2005 with Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol. He pled guilty in November of 2007 and was sentenced by Judge Dennis to 268 days.

While out on bond for the gun charge Aiken was charged in October of 2005 with Trafficking Cocaine, PWID Cocaine Near a School, PWID Cocaine Base (crack) and PWID Crack Near a School. Judge Dennis also handled these charges on 15 November, 2007.

Aiken pled guilty to the cocaine trafficking charge and was sentenced to six years in prison. The 9th Circuit Solicitor dismissed the other three charges.

When 2006 rolled around Aiken was out on bond on all the above charges awaiting trial. He was charged in April with PWID Cocaine Base (crack) and PWID Cocaine Base Near a School.

He pled guilty to the PWID charge and was sentenced to another six years by Judge Dennis. The school charge was dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor.

Aiken was finally hit with a probation violation in July of 2006. No status listed.

While out on bond on ALL of the above charges and awaiting trial Aiken was charged in June of 2007 with Failure to Stop for Blue Lights, Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol, Resisting Arrest, Trafficking Cocaine, PWID Cocaine Near a School and Possession of a Weapon During a Crime.

These cases were also handled on 15 November, 2007. Aiken pled guilty to trafficking cocaine and was sentenced to an additional six years in prison. ALL of the other charges were dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor.

He was hit with another probation violation on 8 June, 2007. Once again - no status is available.

Aiken served less than three years in prison and was roaming the streets of the Lowcountry in December of 2010 when he was charged with Failure to Stop for Blue Lights. He pled guilty to the charge in August of 2011 and Judge "No one goes to prison" Hughston chose to ignore his prior criminal history. Hughston sentenced Aiken to two years in prison, suspended on the service of sixty days and one year on probation.

Hughston apparently did not give two shits that Aiken was on parole for the litany of offenses above.

Aiken's latest charges are Murder and Attempted Murder. He has no bond yet on the murder charge. His bond on the attempted murder charge is $100,000.

Granted Aiken's latest crime is what have come to refer to as a "two-fer" or a "pesticide" - one thug killing another. We aren't shedding any tears over the status of either party, but we feel it is still necessary to point out this fact. Had the 9th Circuit Solicitor, her minions, and the judges mentioned above been doing their jobs Aiken would not have been free to commit his latest crime.

How many times do our police officers have to lock these maggots up before the 'people's attorney' and the judges take action to back them up? Prior to the murder Aiken committed twenty-two (22) serious crimes. Eleven (11) of those charges were dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor. Aiken served less than three (3) years in prison for the other eleven charges.

How does this make any damn sense?

Another Motel Meth Lab

Authorities in Walterboro busted another meth lab in a motel room. This has to make you wonder about what you were exposed to every time you stayed in a rented room. We checked surrounding counties for prior criminal histories on "Keven Ashley Hill" and Candace Marie Smoak, aka "Candace Marie Carter", but were not able to find anything.Hill has a second Facebook page under the name "Kevin Hill".

The Facebook pages are pretty bland except for Candace declaring her love for Kevin, even after all the hardships she claims they have faced. Too bad lovers can't share a cell, huh?

We hope every solicitor and judge involved in this case, and the recent motel meth lab bust in Summerville, remember the explosion of a meth lab and the subsequent fire in Goose Creek in which three people died. That case should be at the forefront of their thoughts as they work on prosecuting these cases. The lack of regard for the safety of other citizens is breathtaking and should be punished to the fullest extent of the law, whether or not these people have prior criminal histories.

More on Shonni Abernathy

When we say we have the best citizen researchers around, we mean it. One of our readers dug up some interesting information on meth cook Shonni Abernathy.

We all know the local media is reporting Abernathy's willingness to turn informant to save his own skin. They finally picked up the information first reported here that he wanted to trade a meth lab for his freedom when he was arrested for burglary and possession of methamphetamine last year.

Our erstwhile and diligent reader dug up a decision from the Arkansas Supreme Court, Beverly v. State of Arkansas, in which the justices mention Abernathy was the informant police used to buy narcotics from and arrest Andre Dewayne Beverly.

We hope the inmates in Berkeley County and any future cellmates in SCDC custody will read that evidence on their illicit cell phones and act accordingly. It sounds like Abernathy might have to spend any time he is sentenced to in protective custody.

On a related note, we have received many e-mails from readers pointing out how some of the local media outlets are now occasionally reporting previous arrests for some offenders. We wonder why they suddenly started doing that? Charleston Thug Life - driving the news.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Cell Phone Call From Lee Correctional

Thanks to a reader for the link. Be sure to listen to this inmate calling the news media on his cell phone from behind the bars of Lee Correctional Institution during the recent riot and hostage situation.

Luther Brandell Green - Orangeburg

Some citizen in Orangeburg complained about Luther Brandell Green selling drugs. When deputies knocked on his door the idiot opened it and allowed the officers a peek at a mason jar full of weed with a shotgun propped up beside it. This isn't Green's first time in jail for possessing or selling narcotics.

Green was given a Christmas present of stainless steel bracelets in 2006 when he was charged with Possession of Narcotics With Intent to Distribute, PWID Narcotics Near a School, and Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol.

The 1st Circuit Solicitor dismissed the proximity to a school charge. Green pled guilty to the other two charges. Judge Williams sentenced him to three years, suspended in favor of two years probation for the PWID charge and one year, suspended to two years probation on the gun charge.

In June of 2008 Green was charged with Distribution of Cocaine Base (crack) 1st Offense and Possession of Narcotics With Intent to Distribute. He pled guilty to both charge in November of 2009.

Judge Dickson sentenced Green to time served on the crack cocaine charge. On the PWID charge he was sentenced to thirty days or a fine of $1500.

In September of 2010 Green was charged with Failure to Stop for Blue Lights, Possession of Narcotics 1st Offense, Possession of Marijuana 1st Offense, Loitering and Possession of a Stolen Vehicle.

The Possession of Narcotics charge is still pending. All the other charges were dismissed by the 1st Circuit Solicitor who noted Green pled guilty to other charges. Apparently all of these charges were combined in a plea deal with the charges from 2011 below.

In November of 2011 Green was charged with two counts of  PWID Narcotics 1st Offense (again), Distribution Within Proximity of a School and 1st Offense Possession of Cocaine.

The 1st Circuit Solicitor gave Green a sweet plea deal on 16 April, 2012 and dismissed all of the above charges and all but one PWID Narcotics charge from this latest batch. Green pled guilty to that one charge. He was sentenced by Judge Nettles to five years, suspended on the service of thirty days and one year of probation.

Given all of the evidence on the pages of Charleston Thug Life of sweet deals from solicitors and ridiculous sentences for repeat offenders by idiot judges, we are considering setting up our own trap spot and going into business. We have a nice cul-de-sac in Mt. Pleasant all scoped out.

Seriously - this asswipe hasn't done a day of prison time in spite of his repeated violations of the law of this state. Is it any wonder these criminals have no compunction about moving into your neighborhoods, selling drugs and shooting up the area to protect their turf?

We see this evidence daily and have reached the conclusion that drug dealing really does seem to be a high profit, low risk venture. Lots of cash coming in and almost no chance of being sentenced to real prison time. A win-win!

Until our solicitors and judges are held accountable for this bullshit nothing will change.