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4 plead guilty in W.E. Willis store owner, wife brutal attack

Published on Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Four men accused in the brutal attacks of an Upstate convenience store owner and his wife pleaded guilty Monday during the second week of jury selection, the 13th Circuit Solicitor’s Office reported.

Jack Corris Foreman IV, Jack Foreman III, Da’Juan Young and Jeffrey Mullins pleaded guilty to all 11 charges, including kidnapping and attempted murder and first-degree burglary. The men were sentenced Monday by Judge Edwin Miller with Foreman III and Da’Juan receiving 60 years each, Mullins received 55 years and Foreman IV received 45 years.

Foreman and Young were charged with attempted murder, first-degree burglary, first-degree assault and battery, two counts of armed robbery, two counts of grand larceny, conspiracy, and two counts of kidnapping and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to reports. A total of nine people were arrested for the crime.

Solicitor Walt Wilkins said sentences for the other crimes will run concurrently.  Two suspects already pleaded guilty.

The crimes were premediated, meticulously planned and extremely brutal, according to reports. Wilkins said Foreman III was the “CEO” of the crime, according to media reports. DNA from the evidence led investigators to Wright and Foreman Sr., who were able to place the men at the crime scene, law enforcement officials said.

Warren Willis was attacked at his Landrum convenience store on Highway 414 before 5 a.m. on Sept. 25, 2018.

The masked men parked one-half mile from the store and walked to the business where they waited for Willis, viciously attacked him, then bound him with zip ties and put him into his SUV. The men, with masks on, drove Willis to his home in Travelers Rest, woke his wife, Ann, and beat the couple for 30 minutes before shooting Ann Willis, according to deputies.

Ann Willis underwent 15 surgeries, reportedly died on the operating table at one point, and was hospitalized for four months. She still faces medical issues, according to a family spokesman. 

 

 

 

Ronald Edmond and Kenyatta Foster were both arrested on suspicion of being an accessory after the fact, deputies said.

Jeffery Kevin Mullins Jr., Jermaine Bernard Williams, Mark Wright and Jack Foreman Sr. were also arrested in the case.

 

 

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