ST. HELENA ISLAND, SC (WTOC) - Wednesday afternoon, Circuit Court Judge Carmen Mullen denied bond for three of the defendants, Eric Mack, Jamin Anderson, and Robert Lane. The other two, Veronica Mack and Michael Hawkins, waived their right to a bond hearing.
All five are facing life in prison on numerous charges including Burglary in the First Degree, Kidnapping, and Assault and Battery High and Aggravated. All five suspects will remain behind bars for now at the Beaufort County Detention Center.
Authorities say it all started around 4 a.m. Monday when the victim's step daughter, Veronica Mack, along with her husband, Eric Mack, and three other men, broke into Loretta and Loran Jackson's home on Delamo Bluff with guns, bound them with duct tape and assaulted them. The Jackson's say they kept asking for money and valuables.
During the hearing, Solicitor Duffy Stone told the judge many of these defendants have lengthy criminal records and should remain behind bars.
"It appears you have a mob," said Stone. "You have a group of people who work together to commit crimes together by any stretch, career criminals, and then you have family members. If they will do this to family members, no telling what they would do to anyone else."
Before the judge made her decision, Loretta Jackson told the judge she helped raise her step-daughter, Veronica Mack, since she was two years old and begged the judge not to let them out.
"I beg you your honor. They are a threat to society," said Jackson. "Do not, please do not for me and my family. Please don't let them out. If they did this to me, they'll do it to someone else."
The Jackson family tells WTOC they were glad to hear the judge's decision and relieved all of the suspects will remain behind bars.