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State grand jury to hear Sumter sheriff's son's drug case

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Marvin English (Source: Sumter-Lee Detention Center) Marvin English (Source: Sumter-Lee Detention Center)

The felony drug case against the Sumter County sheriff's son is now in the hands of the state Attorney General's office and the statewide grand jury. The Attorney General's office took over the case against Marvin English, Sheriff Anthony Dennis' son, on Jan. 18, 2013. 

Sheriff Dennis' drug unit nabbed his 27-year-old son in an undercover drug investigation on Dec. 7, 2011.

Prosecutors held a preliminary hearing on Jan. 4, 2011 to have a judge determine whether there was enough evidence against English to move forward. The judge ruled there was enough evidence. The case then moved on to the Sumter County grand jury for indictment, which indicted English on distribution of cocaine charges.

Dennis told WIS in December 2011 he would not ask an outside agency to prosecute the multiple drug charges against his oldest son. Dennis turned the cases over to solicitor Chip Finney and the sheriff's investigators will prosecute the cases against English.

The Attorney General's office took over the prosecution seven weeks ago.

Deputies arrested English and charged him with four counts of manufacturing and distributing cocaine. A judge set English's bond at $10,000. Sumter County narcotics investigator, Robert Skinner, served English with four warrants at the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center.

Dennis' deputies arrested English, along with 8 others in a 6-month drug investigation. The operations focused on the Rembert area of Sumter County, which is where the sheriff's family lives.

The investigation started sometime in June 2011 when an undercover informant bought drugs from English, according to investigators. The buy happened Sept. 28, 2011 at a home on T.B. Wright Road. English's warrant states the informant, "working under the direction and supervision of the Sumter County Drug Unit," bought crack cocaine from English, "using documented funds."

A second buy took place two days later, again using "documented funds", supplied by the Sumter County Sheriff's office, according to the warrants.

Two more buys happened Oct. 7 and again on Oct. 20, according to investigators when an informant bought crack cocaine from English on T.B. Wright Road. The Oct. 20 drug buy totaled $100, according to the warrant.

Deputies told WIS they seized one firearm and $1,214. The charged are:

Rontez Kennedy
Lennie Belton
Trevon Alston
Tywan Ransom
Abram Fleming
Tyrell Kershaw
Cruise Anderson
Jonnifer Halley

Sumter County deputies arrested English Dec. 7, after he turned himself in. SLRDC officers then took English to the Kershaw County Detention Center for "safe keeping," according to officials there. SLRDC officers returned to KCDC Dec. 8 around 7 a.m. and took English back to Sumter County. English was released on bond around 3 p.m. Dec. 8.

There is no timeline on how long it may take the state grand jury to made a decision in the case.

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