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Busy week for guilty pleas

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Rock Hill man gets 10 years in Kershaw armed robbery

By Jesef Williams

The 6th Circuit Solicitor’s Office had a busy week recently with several criminal suspects entering guilty pleas at the Lancaster County Courthouse.
Among them are Aaron Jami Donaldson, 20, and Matreal Terone Truesdale, 27.
Williams Financial
incident
Donaldson, who has a Rock Hill address, was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to armed robbery. He was arrested after a robbery incident Oct. 18, 2012, at Williams Financial Services in Kershaw.
Donaldson entered the business that day, approached the clerk and put a handgun to the clerk’s face, according to a media release from the 6th Solicitor’s Office.
Donaldson threatened the clerk’s life and demanded money. After taking the money, he left the business in a white truck, the release said.
The robbery was captured on the business’ video surveillance system.
“A passenger in the truck was identified,” the release said. “That identification allowed investigators to determine ownership of the truck, which was registered to a Kershaw County resident.”
With assistance from Kershaw County authorities, Lancaster County investigators took Donaldson into custody in Kershaw County about four hours after the robbery.
Truesdale gets
five years
Truesdale, who has a listed Lancaster address of 1906 Jenna Lane, will spend five years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree burglary and assault on an officer while resisting arrest.
Those charges stem from an early-morning incident Sept. 10, 2011, at Spirits ABC on South Market Street.
Lancaster police responded to an alarm call at the liquor store and saw Truesdale coming out the front door carrying several liquor bottles. The glass in the door was broken, the release said.
Police chased him into a nearby home and took him into custody after a struggle. During the chase, Truesdale threw a liquor bottle at an officer, who was struck but not seriously injured.
Truesdale was shot with a Taser gun during the incident.
Truesdale also pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine in an unrelated incident Nov. 17, 2009.
That day, Truesdale was a passenger in a car stopped by sheriff’s deputy drug agents who saw what they believed to be a drug deal, the release said.
“Truesdale put something into his mouth during the traffic stop and later spit out the substance, which was later determined to be a small amount of crack cocaine,” the release said.
The three-year prison sentence for the drug offense will run concurrently with the five-year sentence.

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at (803) 283-1152