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9/18/2013 3:24:00 PM
Abbeville drug dealer gets 29 years
Alfonzo Alexander stands with his attorney, Patricia Bolen, and Assistant Solicitor Yates Brown during a sentencing hearing Wednesday morning at the Greenwood County Courthouse. Alexander was sentenced to 29 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, third or subsequent offense.
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Alfonzo Alexander stands with his attorney, Patricia Bolen, and Assistant Solicitor Yates Brown during a sentencing hearing Wednesday morning at the Greenwood County Courthouse. Alexander was sentenced to 29 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, third or subsequent offense.

Brian King
Staff Writer

A man convicted of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, third or subsequent offense, who fled the state prior to his trial, was sentenced Wednesday morning at the Greenwood County Courthouse.

Judge Frank Addy Jr. handed down a sentence of 29 years to 34-year-old Alfonzo Alexnader Wednesday morning. Alexander was tried in Abbeville County in May, but did not show up for his trial. Alexander was found guilty by a jury following two days of testimony. The sentence was delivered and sealed at that time.

Alexander’s attorney, Patricia Bolen, told Judge Addy that Alexander realized he made a mistake by fleeing, but that it was a “panicked and desperate move” so that he could witness the birth of his child.

Assistant Solicitors Yates Brown and Cam Morrow handled the trial for the state, with Brown handling the sentencing Wednesday morning.

Brown told the judge that Alexander was found in Melbourne, Fla., last week by his bondsman. An Abbeville City police officer and an Abbeville County Sheriff’s deputy went to Florida to bring Alexander back to South Carolina. Alexander has a long rap sheet of drug charges and previously spent 10 years on prison on a drug distribution charge.

“We’re happy this repeat offender was detained in Florida and brought back to face the consequences of his actions,” Brown said following the sentencing.

Eighth Circuit Solicitor David Stumbo hopes that the stiff sentence sends a message to those who would attempt to flee justice.

“Alfonzo Alexander is a prime example of a criminal defendant whose refusal to take responsibility for his crimes and choice to evade the justice system resulted in that defendant being prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Stumbo said after the sentence was handed down. “Those that take responsibility for their actions will be given the appropriate amount of benefit and mercy that the justice system can give.”





Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, September 20, 2013
Article comment by: lyeisha milligan

As u can see the police can't fight the real crime that's going on. So give, what seems like a death sentence, 29yrs to man that sold drugs. But the officer that killed his wife in Abbeville got a slap on the wrist. Foh!! Where is the justice

Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Article comment by: kimberly graham

i agree with mrs shay day a little much i think

Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Article comment by: Amy Anderson

Yall are insane! Drugs is the platform to crime! The article clearly states that he has already spent 10 years in prison FOR THE SAME THING!!! And you think 29 years is to harsh? I sure don't!!! His children will be better off without having a dad NOT around and living the thug life. I personally feel sorry for the child that will grow up fatherless and for the mother that will have to raise that child alone! They didn't make his choices - HE DID!!

Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Article comment by: denice Alexander

You want tp swt am examplE WHY DONT THE POLICE DO THERE ON WORK.N CATCH THEM THETR SELF. SLACK AS POPO

Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Article comment by: sha day

Yes he should've took fully responsibility for his action but 29 years i think just too much, we have people walkin around here that has/had charges worse then this that didnt get/serve no where near as much as his sentence is cut him a break what man wouldn't want to see they child being born my heart goes out to his family especailly his kids



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