MONCKS CORNER — After a two-day trial, a Berkeley County jury today convicted Shawn Avery Newell of Summerville of possession of stolen goods, according to Solicitor Scarlett Wilson.
The jury returned its verdict after only 30 minutes, Wilson’s office said in a press release.
Circuit Judge J.C. Nicholson sentenced Newell to five years in prison. He will serve five years of probation upon his release, officials said.
Dorchester County detectives initiated the investigation after a 20-foot Stratus Bass Boat with a 175-horsepower Mariner motor was stolen from a boat repair shop in Summerville. The stolen motor was found attached to the defendant’s boat in Berkeley County when both Berkeley and Dorchester County detectives responded to a tip from a concerned citizen, officials said.
The stolen motor had been freshly painted black, and the registration sticker and identification number had been removed. Investigators identified the motor by locating the confidential identification number affixed to the engine, officials said.
The defendant, who had asked the owner of Sheppard’s Marine about the boat multiple times before it was stolen, regularly worked on boats and was attempting to sell the boat along with the stolen motor when it was located, according to the release.
“This case is about a career criminal being held accountable despite his best attempts to conceal his actions,” Assistant Solicitor Ben Shelton said.