Eighth Circuit Solicitor David Stumbo announces that a 26 year-old Greenwood man has been convicted by a Greenwood County jury of Grand Larceny after only 23 minutes of deliberation.
Jovan A. Mitchell, of 345 Mineral Avenue in Greenwood, was found guilty after a two day trial presented by prosecutors of the Eighth Judicial Circuit.
Mitchell was arrested by Greenwood City Police Department on March 24, 2010, after he was found on the property of the victim loading metal into his vehicle. The Defendant later admitted to a police detective that he had taken metal from the location several times in the days leading up to the incident and sold the metal. Receipts from a local scrap yard documented that the Defendant had sold over ten thousand pounds of metal in the days leading up to his arrest.
The case was argued to the jury by Assistant Solicitor Christopher “Cam” Morrow and Assistant Solicitor Shannon Odom. During sentencing, Assistant Solicitor Morrow argued that Mitchell be sentenced under the enhancement provisions of the property crimes law, which dictate that when a person has three or more property convictions he will be subject to up to ten years in prison.
Following the trial, Circuit Judge Donald B. Hocker sentenced the Defendant to 5 years suspended to 18 months, followed by two years probation and payment of $1,000 restitution to the victim.
Assistant Solicitor Odom commended the work of the Greenwood Police Department, in particular Detective Jeff Crisp for his excellent investigation which secured the arrest and conviction of
Mitchell. “Metal theft crimes have become epidemic in our state over the past several years,” said Solicitor Stumbo. “Hopefully, Jovan Mitchell is an example to others that this type of criminal activity does not pay, and will land you behind bars when caught by law enforcement.”