Staff report

A 25-year-old man received a 25-year prison sentence today after pleading guilty to breaking into a woman’s Moncks Corner home and raping her while he was on satellite monitoring in 2011.

Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett A. Wilson said Brandon Bannister pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct and first-degree burglary.

Judge J.C. Nicholson Jr. imposed the sentence, and Bannister must serve 85 percent of his time before being eligible for parole.

In the early morning hours of March 11, 2011, the victim, woke in her bedroom to find a stranger standing over her wearing dark clothing, latex gloves and a black shirt covering his face, Wilson said.

The intruder, later determined to be Bannister, sexually assaulted the woman before she escaped and dialed 911 as the defendant fled, Wilson said.

Although the victim was unable to identify the defendant, he dropped his Wal-Mart card at the scene, Wilson said. Moncks Corner Police Department determined Bannister was out on bond for a previous offense and was wearing an ankle bracelet with a GPS satellite monitoring device, she said.

Once detectives discovered Bannister was subject to GPS monitoring, they were able to locate and arrest him immediately, Wilson said. Subsequent satellite monitoring reports confirmed he was at the crime scene at the time of the assault, she said.

“This is yet another case that highlights the sham of electronic monitoring and the reason I moved to halt this sort of monitoring,” Wilson said. “This defendant was on bond for indecent exposure which then escalated to full blown rape while being monitored. Nobody was notified that this guy was out-and-about at a time when he was supposed to be under house arrest.”

The victim, who was traumatized by the assault, was relieved by the sentence and hoped she could finally feel safe again in her own home, Wilson said.