NMB officials return stolen goods to owners, arrest 2 - WMBFNews.com, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC, Weather
The men captured in the news article as reported by WMBF News are being charged with first degree burglary. According to South Carolina statute, both men are facing life imprisonment or not less than 15 years in prison. If a person is convicted of the charges of burglary, he is not eligible for parole or early release from prison.
Burglary is generally defined as entering a dwelling house of another without consent and with intent to commit a crime therein. The entry requirement requires the slightest intrusion of any part of the defendant's body or any instrument under his control. First degree burglary additionally requires that while effecting entry or while in the dwelling of another or in flight from the dwelling of another, one is armed with a deadly weapon or causes a physical injury to a nonparticipant in a crime or uses or threatens use of a dangerous instrument or displays what is or appears to be a knife or firearm. If the first definition of first degree burglary is not met, it can also be satisfied by entering a dwelling house of another without consent and with intent to commit a crime therein by a person with a prior record of two or more convictions for burglary or housebreaking or a combination of both.
In addition to burglary charges, the men are facing larceny charges. Larceny is defined as the taking and carrying away of personal property of another valued at more than $1,000. Where the value of the property stolen is $5,000 or more then prison time will reach 10 years and/or fines in the court's discretion.
Burglary and larceny are serious charges. If you are facing criminal charges in the Myrtle Beach area, contact Daniel Selwa today. A good criminal defense on your side can mean the difference between freedom and jail time.