Only one jury trial was held during the two-week term of Saluda County General Sessions Court, and an it resulted in a guilty verdict and a lengthy sentence for the defendant.
Johnny Jerome Boyd was found guilty of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, and was sentenced to 16 years. Boyd was offered a 10-year sentence on a guilty plea, but he elected to go with the jury trial.
Presiding over the two terms were Judges William Keesley and Deandrea Benjamin.
Following are the sentences on the guilty pleas:
Erin Nicole Black, burglary 3rd degree, five years, upon 90 days served, suspended to five years probation. Tanya Lashawn Bosket, financial transaction card fraud, one years, suspended to 18 months probation.
Todd Haynes Brazell, grand larceny of more than $10,000 (two counts), 10 years, upon service of seven years, suspended to three years probation. Damian Joseph Broadwater, assault and battery 2nd, three years, upon three days time served, suspended to three years probation.
April Catreal Brunson, possession of meth, 18 months, upon two days time served, suspended to two years probation. Aaron Levan Bryant, distribution of marijuana, four years, suspended to two years probation.
Collie Rodney Buckett, forgery (five counts) five years, suspended to three years probation. Larry Shan Burt, criminal domestic violence 2nd, one year, upon service of 120 days, suspended to one year probation.
Tessa A. Cade, grand larceny of more than $10,000 (two counts), ten years, upon service of 40 months, suspended to three years probation. Devin Jerrod Cameron, possession of a stolen vehicle, $2000-$10,000, five years, upon 61 days time served, suspended to 30 months probation.
Bobby Dale Clark, burglary 3rd, three years, upon 97 days time served, suspended to three years probation. Laverne Coleman, involuntary manslaughter, five years.
Joyce Katherine Derrick, possession of a controlled substance, six months, suspended to one year probation. Edward Dwayne Doyle, petit larceny (enhanced sentence), three years; criminal conspiracy, three years.
Danny Eugene Driggers, grand larceny $200-10,000 (two counts), five years, 4 days time served, suspended to five years probation; burglary 3rd (3 counts) five, suspended to five years probation; possession of stolen property, three years, suspended to five years probation. Ben Junior Evans, criminal domestic violence 3rd, one year.
Kanzas Cracheil Herbert, filing a false police report, five years, upon two days times served, suspended to two years probation. Ashley Nakee Kirkland, assault & battery by mob third degree, upon service of two days, suspended to five years probation.
Thaddeous Martin, forgery, 130 days time served. Damian Shaud Mathis, distribution of marijuana. YOA not it exceed five years, suspended to tow years probation.
Michael Sueray Ali Mathis, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, second offense, 30 months. Louis Ware Medina, possession of meth, three years, probation violation.
Christopher Shane Miller, forgery (five counts), one year, suspended upon 21 days time served. Alisha Patrice Small, filing a false police report, five years, upon service of one days, suspended to two years probation.
Nichole Venisha Ann Valentine, assault and battery by mob third degree, YOA not to exceed one year, suspended to two years probation. Shasta Diane Wideman, forgery less than $10,000, one year, upon service of two days, suspended to five years probation.
Michael Jared White, attempted burglary 2nd, three years, upon 56 days time served, suspended to 30 months probation. Orlando Williams, financial transaction card fraud (five counts), one year, upon service of two days, suspended to three years probation.
Dr. Kathy Coleman
Dr. Kathy Coleman elected
as SCSBA president-elect
COLUMBIA – Dr. Kathy Coleman, member of the Saluda County School Board, was elected president-elect of the South Carolina School Boards Association (SCSBA) during the association’s annual business meeting Saturday, Dec. 6.
The annual business meeting, which was held during the association’s Legislative Advocacy Conference, included voting delegates from most of the state’s 81 school boards. In addition to the election of association officers, delegates adopt resolutions to guide the association during the 2015 legislative session.
Coleman was first elected to the SCSBA board in 2003 as Region 11 Director, which represents school boards in Abbeville, Anderson 1, 2, 3; Edgefield, Greenwood 50, 51, 52; McCormick, and Saluda. She was elected and served this past year as SCSBA board vice president.
She is director of state governmental relations for Clemson University, where she has worked for 28 years. She is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and serves on the Palmetto Girls State Committee.
She and her husband, Greg Coleman, have two children.
In addition to Coleman, other officers elected to lead the association’s board of directors for a one-year term are as follows:
•President: Robert Gantt, District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties
•Vice President: Queenie Boyd, Lee County School District
•Treasurer: John Wesley Hightower, Aiken County School District
•Secretary: Tony Folk Dorchester School District 4
The following school board members were elected to serve a four-year term on the 22-member board of directors as regional directors:
•Region 2 Director: Todd Garrett, Charleston County Schools
•Region 6 Director: Charles Govan, Darlington County School District
•Region 10 Director: Libby Murdaugh, Hampton One School District
The South Carolina School Boards Association is a non-profit organization serving as a source of information and a statewide voice for boards governing the 81 school districts.