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3 men sentenced for armed robbery at popular restaurant, 1 of them for shooting employee

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Published on Wednesday, February 7, 2018

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Raekwon D. Wilson, 20, pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempted murder, armed robbery, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and second-degree burglary.
 

Raekwon D. Wilson, 20, pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempted murder, armed robbery, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and second-degree burglary.

 



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Rashaad D. Thomas, 27, of Greer, pleaded guilty Wednesday to armed robbery and second-degree burglary.
 
 
 

Rashaad D. Thomas, 27, of Greer, pleaded guilty Wednesday to armed robbery and second-degree burglary.

 

 

 



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William D. Meadows, 20, of Moore, pleaded guilty Wednesday to armed robbery and second-degree burglary. 
 

William D. Meadows, 20, of Moore, pleaded guilty Wednesday to armed robbery and second-degree burglary. 

 

A Spartanburg man received a 25-year prison sentence Wednesday for shooting a restaurant worker during an armed robbery.

Raekwon D. Wilson, 20, pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempted murder, armed robbery, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and second-degree burglary. Circuit Judge Roger Couch issued the sentence.

The robbery occurred Nov. 5, 2016 at Holden’s Ranch, 580 Southport Road, Roebuck. Wilson and two other men wore masks when they entered the building about 9:25 p.m. The employees turned over a sum of money in a bank bag before a 26-year-old employee was shot in the abdomen. The bandits fled through the back door of the business.

The shooting victim and other Holden’s Ranch employee told sheriff’s deputies they recognized Wilson’s voice and they added he was a former employee of the business.

Wilson was jailed days after the shooting. After his arrest, he confessed to the shooting and told deputies where they could find the bank bag.

“I’m thankful the shooting victim survived this horrific event and he was able to share his story in court today,” Assistant Solicitor Spenser Smith said. “This crime could have easily involved a death.”

The shooting victim told Judge Couch he still feels the physical and emotional effects of the crime.

Two of Wilson’s co-defendants, Rashaad D. Thomas, 27, of Greer, and William D. Meadows, 20, of Moore, pleaded guilty Wednesday to armed robbery and second-degree burglary. Thomas received a 20-year prison sentence and Meadows received a 15-year prison sentence.

Wilson, Thomas and Meadows will serve 85 percent of their prison sentences before they are eligible for release.

 

 

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