A Laurens man received multiple life sentences today after a jury found him guilty on multiple charges from an armed Robbery last year. 49-year-old Richard Sylvester Evans of 111 Downs Street, Laurens was arrested May 3rd of 2012 in connection with an Armed Robbery of the Lil’ Cricket convenience store on Church Street in Laurens. He was accused of kidnapping and cutting a clerk during the robbery, and of stealing a vehicle as well.
The trail began this past Monday in Laurens County General Sessions Criminal Court. After the jury returned guilty verdicts on each of five counts, Judge James Addy Jr. pronounced sentences today.
Concurrent Sentences of Life in Prison were handed down on the charges of Attempted Murder, Armed Robbery and Kidnapping.
On a 4th charge of Grand Larceny of the vehicle, valued between two and ten thousand dollars, Judge Addy sentenced Richard Evans to six months, time served. Court records indicate that on the 5th conviction, for Use of a Weapon during a Violent Crime, he was not sentenced due to the other sentences.
Richard Sylvester Evans was represented in the trail by Public Defender Claude “Chip” Howe III.