Wednesday, February 19 2014 10:30 AM EST2014-02-19 15:30:42 GMT
In October 2013, 18-year-old Martha Childress' life changed forever. As she awaited a taxi to take her back to her dorm room on the campus of the University of South Carolina, Childress was struck by aMore >>
In October 2013, 18-year-old Martha Childress' life changed forever.More >>
Friday, November 15 2013 4:16 PM EST2013-11-15 21:16:19 GMT
Michael Juan Smith (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)
A man was arrested in connection with an 18-year-old woman being shot in Five Points early Sunday morning, Interim Chief Ruben Santiago said. Michael Juan Smith, 20, was arrested shortly after the shootingMore >>
The man accused of firing the bullet that critically injured an 18-year-old University of South Carolina student in Five Points early Sunday morning has been denied bond.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morningMore >>
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
The man accused of woundingan 18-year-old University of South Carolina student in Five Points late last year pleaded guilty to a federal weapons charge.
Michael Juan Smith appeared at the Federal Courthouse in downtown Columbia at 9:30 a.m. to issue the plea.
Smith was charged with assault and battery and various weapons possession charges in the incident that paralyzed Martha Childress.
In Wednesday's hearing, 21-year-old Michael Juan Smith admitted having a .40 caliber Glock in his possession and that the gun traveled across state lines before it was stolen in Richland County.
Smith, who has previous felony convictions, did not admit firing the weapon or shooting Childress. But he now stands to do federal time simply for carrying the gun.
"Felons who continue to arm themselves with firearms after receiving time and time again sentences in state court face a chance of being taken federally," said Assistant US Attorney Stacey Haynes.
On that federal weapons charge, Smith could face up to a maximum of 10 years in prison.
The gunshot issue could and likely will come up at Smith's sentencing, probably around June.
Police say Smith opened fire on two men he was arguing with on Harden Street on an early October morning in the bar and entertainment district.
However, the bullets missed their intended targets and instead struck Childress in the midsection, severing her spinal cord and forcing her to spend the rest of her days in a wheelchair.
Smith's defense attorney, James Rogers, said his client was "remorseful."
"I mean he's sorry he's gotten into this situation," said Rogers.
Smith still faces state charges including assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and multiple weapons charges.
Childress has since been in recovery and hope to re-enroll at USC.
"Martha's taking a couple of correspondence courses at USC," said her uncle, Jim Carpenter. "And USC has been very good as far as making some alterations to enable her to do that. She's in the process of having a car modified so that there are hand controls. That's going to be a process that she will have to learn to drive with the hand controls, but that's in processs. She's planning to back to school in the fall."
As for Smith, bond was denied in his case back in October. He has since been in the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
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Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:50 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:50:09 GMT
Whitney Hempsey remembered what doctors told her before she gave birth to her second child years ago. "It's like, 'Hey, are you tired of being pregnant?" Hempsey recalled. "'We can give you this and youMore >>
Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>