Federal prosecutors today unsealed an indictment against three men that accuses them of 39 armed robberies across the Lowcountry, primarily at Asian restaurants and check-cashing and loan businesses.
They are: 29-year-old brothers Raynard and Winard Eady of North Charleston and 33-year-old Christopher Donnell Simmons of Wadmalaw. Authorities charged all three men with conspiracy to commit robbery and using handguns in those robberies, according to U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles.
The conspiracy charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, and the firearm charge carries a mandatory five years in prison for a first offense and 25 years for any subsequent offense.
All three men were arraigned in federal court this morning. Simmons was detained after he waived a bond hearing, and the Eady brothers have bond hearings later this week.
The investigation leading to their arrests involved the FBI, the S.C. Law Enforcement Division and a host of local sheriff’s offices and police departments. Read more in Wednesday’s editions of The Post and Courier.
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