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5/16/2014 3:31:00 AM
Teen pleads guilty to auto break-ins, other charges
Tyrell Wideman (right) stands with his attorney during a plea proceeding Thursday at the Greenwood County Courthouse.
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Tyrell Wideman (right) stands with his attorney during a plea proceeding Thursday at the Greenwood County Courthouse.

Brian King
Staff Writer

A Greenwood teen pleaded guilty to a number of charges stemming from several different incidents which occurred in 2013.

Tyrell Wideman, 18, pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of breaking into a motor vehicle, three counts of petit larceny, one count of receiving stolen goods, one count of disturbing schools and three counts of threatening the life of a public official. Wideman was sentenced to 30 days in jail on each of the three petit larceny charges, the disturbing schools charge and the receiving stolen goods charge. He was sentenced to five years under the youthful offender act and recommended for the Shock Incarceration Program, a program for young, non-violent offenders as an alternative to traditional incarceration. If accepted, Wideman would spend 90 days in the program and remain in parole the remainder of his sentence.

Wideman was initially arrested in Aug. 2013. After being told he could no longer participate in the Emerald High School football program, Wideman became enraged and threatened a coach, the principal and an assistant principal. According to police reports, it took several people to restrain Wideman. School staff asked the Solicitor’s Office to place Wideman in the Pre-Trial Intervention program, saying he just needed to get himself together and did not need to go to jail.

Wideman was removed from the PTI program after he was arrested on Dec. 30, 2013 in connection with the auto break-ins. Wideman was one of a number of young men arrested and charged in a rash of auto break-ins throughout Greenwood County. Wideman has been incarcerated since his arrest.

Wideman expressed remorse for his actions and prosecutors asked the court for a sentence appropriate to Wideman getting his life together and becoming a productive member of society.

“I know what I did was wrong,” Wideman told the court. “I deserve punishment for it. I just hope the victims can forgive me.”

In addition to the YOA sentence, Wideman was ordered to pay four of his victims a total of $845 in restitution for items stolen during the auto break-ins, including a shotgun stolen from the vehicle of an Abbeville County Sheriff’s deputy.



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