SPARTANBURG, S.C. — A Spartanburg restaurant owner has been sentenced to six months in jail after he said he was assaulted and robbed in his business.
The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg reported that 35-year-old Marion Edward Haynes entered an Alford plea on Thursday. An Alford plea does not admit guilt, but concedes there is enough evidence for a conviction.
Haynes was the co-owner of Roots Deep South Eats in Spartanburg. Police responded to a reported break-in at the restaurant Feb. 17, 2015. Officers say four days later, Haynes reported he had been attacked by robbers who tried to set the restaurant on fire.
Prosecutor Timi Poulos said Haynes later admitted he had staged the assault and was responsible for the fire. He also must serve two years of probation after the jail sentence.