Gregory Anthony Gardner has been sentenced to prison for a 2009 robbery and sex crime at a Washington hotel.
Gardner, of Brown Street in Washington, was found guilty Friday in Beaufort County of first degree sex offense, first degree burglary and robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Gardner, who is in his 20s, was sentenced to a minimum of 58 years and two months in prison to a maximum of 73 years.
Gardner's co-defendant pleaded in the case previously. His projected release date is 2082.
Gardner and Dwayne McMurren Jr. broke into a hotel room, robbed two victims and sexually assaulted and raped one of the victims in August 2009.
McMurren, who is 21, pleaded guilty to rape, first degree sexual offense, burglary and robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Raye Cameron was the prosecutor in Gardner's case.
District Attorney Seth Edwards hopes that conviction and sentencing of Gardner serves as an example of “justice that is lasting and effective,” he said.
Edwards thanked Officer Mobley, Detective Black and Detective Dickinson of the Washington Police Department, the medical staff at Beaufort County Hospital and the State Bureau of Investigation for their assistance in the case.
Since his convictions in February 2010, corrections officials report McMurren has had 14 infractions including "lock tampering, disobey order, assault staff/throwing liquids, flood cell and assault staff with weapon."
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