32 year-old Orangeburg man pleads guilty in DEA shooting

COLUMBIA, S.C. — An Orangeburg man has pleaded guilty to shooting and wounding a Drug Enforcement Administration agent during a drug raid at the man’s home last October.

Multiple media outlets reported Tuesday that federal prosecutors agreed to drop three drug-related charges against 32-year-old Joel Robinson in return for the guilty plea.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed to recommend an eight-year prison sentence.

It will be up to U.S. District Judge Michelle Childs to accept the deal. Sentencing is expected in several weeks.

Court papers indicate Robinson fired several shots as he tried to run during the Oct. 20 raid. The house was raided because agents suspected PCP was being made in the home. The agent was shot in the elbow. No one else was hurt.