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Man sentenced for Colleton County robbery

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Mack Washington Jr. (Source: Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor's Office) Mack Washington Jr. (Source: Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor's Office)

A 31-year-old Colleton County man was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Thursday for robbing senior citizens at a Walterboro hotel.

Mack Washington Jr. was convicted of two counts of armed robbery, two counts of kidnapping and a single count of possession of a weapon during commission of a violent crime.

On Jan. 7, 2012, Washington and a teenager had planned to rob people staying at a hotel, according to the Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor's Office. They didn't find a target at one hotel, so they went across the street to Rice Planter's Inn at 97 Ladson Lane. That's where they waited behind a wall while a couple walked into their first-floor room.

Washington then grabbed the woman from behind, held a knife to her throat, demanded their valuables and threatened to kill her if they didn't comply, according to the Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor's Office.

The teen ripped the phone from the wall and stole the couple's belongings. The suspects took off with more than $14,000 worth of property, including the couple's car.

The next day, police received information about two guns that had been stashed at a Sniders Highway apartment, which belonged to one of Washington's friends. Investigators went into the residence and retrieved the guns. They soon determined the guns were stolen from the couple.

After interviews with the person who lived at the apartment, police interviewed the teenager, who was 16 at the time. The teenage co-defendant admitted that he and Washington had committed the robbery, according to the Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor's Office.

A warrant was issued for Washington's arrest in February 2012 and he was taken into custody in June 2012.

Washington has prior convictions for four counts of burglary, four counts strong arm robbery, accessory before the fact of strong arm robbery, driving under suspension, resisting arrest and giving a false name to law enforcement.

Washington is required by law to serve at least 85 percent of the sentence before being eligible for parole or any other early-release mechanism.

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