Eighth Circuit Solicitor David Stumbo announces that a Barnwell man has been convicted by a Laurens County jury for the 2011 burglary of the Sunny Mart BP convenience store at Highway 72 and Interstate 26 in the Clinton area. Maurice Anthony Odom, 39, was found guilty of Burglary in the 2nd Degree, Grand Larceny and Criminal Conspiracy.
The incident occurred in the early morning hours of November 11, 2011, when Odom and a co-Defendant entered the store after shattering a side window with a large rock. Odom and his cohort took numerous items from the store, including eighty two cartons of cigarettes, and cash from a file cabinet in the office of the store. The SLED K-9 “Judy” and her handlers worked with the Clinton police on the night of the incident to identify Odom as the primary perpetrator. Odom and the co-defendant were apprehended in the Barnwell area about a week later.
Deputy Solicitors Warren Mowry and Dale Scott prosecuted the case for the State. Following the verdict Circuit Judge Don Hocker sentenced Odom to 15 years in prison, the maximum sentence for Burglary 2nd Degree. Odom has a lengthy prior criminal history, including convictions for multiple burglaries and a sexual assault incident. Odom also has pending charges in other counties around the state for similar business break-ins, including Newberry and Edgefield. Odom’s Laurens conviction also makes him eligible for a life sentence without parole if found guilty of another burglary.
Solicitor Stumbo praised his prosecutors Scott and Mowry, as well as investigator Walter Bentley, for preparing and presenting a compelling case to the jury. The Solicitor also thanked the Clinton Department of Public Safety, particularly lead investigator Lt. Tyrone Goggins, the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office, and SLED for conducting an outstanding investigation and bringing Odom’s criminal operation to a halt.
“Odom is a career criminal who committed multiple burglaries throughout our communities as well as neighboring counties,” said Solicitor Stumbo. “Hopefully this conviction and maximum sentence will be the first step in permanently removing Maurice Odom as a threat to the citizens of our great state.”