In a Berkeley County court this week, a 27-year-old man was sentenced to 60 years in prison after pleading guilty to robbing a Goose Creek restaurant.
On Monday, Christopher Darnell Wilson, of Swamp Fox Lane in Berkeley County, pleaded guilty to three counts of armed robbery, five counts of kidnapping, second-degree burglary, criminal conspiracy and attempted murder, according to a statement released by the 9th Circuit Solicitor's Office.
Wilson must serve 85 percent of the 60-year sentence before being eligible for parole, the release stated.
The sentence was handed down in connection with an armed robbery that happened on Dec. 24, 2011.
Two masked men, armed with a butcher knife and a handgun, broke into a Zaxby's restaurant on St. James Avenue shortly after midnight and forced four employees to the ground before stealing about $3,700. The men also stole cellphones and wallets from five employees.
As one of the gunmen frisked a worker, his gun went off, striking the restaurant's manager in the back and upper leg.
Goose Creek police officers tracked the men using a K-9 unit. Investigators found a ski mask containing DNA that matched Wilson.
A search of Wilson's home netted the gun used in the shooting and several of the items that were stolen from the employees.
At the time of the robbery, Wilson was being monitored by satellite due to a 2006 conviction for committing a lewd act on a minor, the release states. The monitoring system confirmed that Wilson was in the area of the Zaxby's when the robbery occurred. Charges are still pending against the second accused robber, Donte Samar Brown of Jean Wells Drive.
"Goose Creek Police Department did a great job apprehending a dangerous criminal - this was a successful prosecution due to their hard work and collaboration with our office," Assistant Solicitor Colleen Taylor said in the release.
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