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Man sentenced to 50 years in prison for 2011 murder

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Frank Singleton III (Source: Kershaw County Detention Center) Frank Singleton III (Source: Kershaw County Detention Center)

Circuit Court Judge Robert E. Hood sentenced Frank Terrance Singleton III to 50 years in the SC Dept. of Corrections after Singleton pled guilty to murder, armed robbery, burglary (1st degree) and two counts of kidnapping just prior to his scheduled trial.

On May 16, 2011 Singleton, along with four other men were arrested in connection with this murder, robbery, burglary and kidnapping. During plea negotiations Singleton was offered a lesser sentence, but he declined the offer.

Following his declination of the plea offer, his case was set for trial on March 10 in SC General Sessions Court in Kershaw County with the plea offer by the 5th Circuit Solicitor's Office being withdrawn.

As the case was about to be tried, Singleton decided to plead guilty to all counts. Plea negotiations continued between Singleton's attorneys and the prosecutors who sought a life sentence. Judge Hood accepted Singleton's guilty pleas.

During the sentencing phase of the case, Judge Hood heard from the prosecution, the victim's family as well as Singleton's family and Singleton. Judge Hood then sentenced Singleton to 50 years for the murder and 30 years for all the other combined charges to run concurrent. Because the case involved a murder, Singleton will have to serve 100 percent of the penalty with the exception of time already served.

"Frank Singleton and his co-defendants went on a dangerous crime spree in May 2011," Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said. "They broke into occupied homes and threatened the occupants with weapons while robbing them. Their crime spree ended following their last home invasion when Michael Hayes was shot and killed and his girlfriend and child were kidnapped from their home on Sandspur Rd. in Camden."

Matthews added through the combined efforts of the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office, SLED and the Camden Police Department these men were quickly arrested and taken off the streets of Kershaw County.

"I must also commend the tireless efforts of the prosecutors in this case," Matthews said. "They prepared this case for trial so well that Singleton really had no choice but to plead guilty and hope for some type of leniency."

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