POLICE: Greenville Career Criminal Going Away For At Least 37 Years

A man who barricaded himself in an apartment this past May, causing Charles Boulevard to be shut down, is going to prison for a long time.

At an afternoon news conference, Greenville police,along with the district attorney and sheriff, announced the conviction of Linwood Duffie on three counts of armed robbery and felony conspiracy. A judge sentenced the 55-year-old Greenville man to serve between 37 and 48 years in state prison.

Duffie was a suspect in the armed robbery at the WIlco-Hess on Greenville Boulevard, the robbery of the Family Dollar in Winterville and the holdup of Emerald City Business Service Sweepstakes on Greenville Boulevard. All three robberies happened during the same week in late April.

Police say Duffie is a career criminal, with a record dating back to 1977 when he was first convicted of armed robbery. They say between 1977 and this year, Duffie had been arrested at least 25 times and spent 21 years behind bars.