KERSHAW COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Kershaw County Sheriff James Matthews referred to the criminal justice system in his county as "catch and release" after a man who has been arrested numerous times walked out of court after his most recent sentencing.
Last month, Tyreek Lorenzo Bush-Robinson was in circuit court for sentencing on all pending Kershaw County Charges. He faced a maximum of 50 years in prison. Instead of sentencing Bush-Robinson to the four to eight-year sentence agreed upon by attorneys as part of a negotiated plea, Matthews said Judge Alison Lee sentenced him to time served, which was eight and 1/2 months and three years probation. Matthews said Bush-Robinson walked out of court.
One month before the hearing, a co-defendant of Bush-Robinson was sentenced by a different judge to eight years on similar charges.
A deputy in the courtroom at the time said a statement to the court prior to the sentencing by Bush-Robinson's attorney caused Lee to shed tears.
"No regard whatsoever was given to the numerous victims in all of these crimes," said Matthews. "If anyone deserved to be in tears, it would be the victims, not the judge. Judge Lee's actions are disgraceful and a slap in the face to the law abiding citizens of Kershaw County who have been and will surely be victimized again by Bush-Robinson. Of course she has the discretion to impose whatever sentence she deems appropriate, but she certainly did nothing to make our community any safer by the sentence she handed down. Not only are the people of Kershaw County disgusted by our criminal justice system, people everywhere have had it. This is not an isolated incident. On a regular basis, repeat offenders get a slap on the wrist and are released back into our communities by bleeding heart judges."
Matthews outlined the previous charges against Bush-Robinson:
- In 2014 Tyreek Lorenzo Bush-Robinson was arrested in Richland County on two counts of breaking into motor vehicles. He was sentenced under the Youthful Offender Act which meant he did not go to jail.
- In 2015 he was arrested and convicted of shoplifting and possession of marijuana for which he received no jail time.
- In January 2016 Tyreek Lorenzo Bush-Robinson, who was on probation on a felony charge under the youthful offender act, was arrested by the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office and charged with breaking into a motor vehicle and criminal conspiracy. He was released on bond.
- In February 2016 the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office arrested Tyreek Lorenzo Bush-Robinson and charged him with two counts of receiving stolen goods, one count of possession of a stolen pistol and one count of unlawful carrying of a pistol. He was again released on bond.
- In March of 2016 Bush-Robinson was arrested by the Camden Police Department and charged with three counts of breaking into a motor vehicle.
- In October 2016 the Camden Police Department arrested Bush-Robinson and charged him with possession of marijuana. In October 2016 investigators from the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office arrested Tyreek Lorenzo Bush-Robinson and charged him with two counts of breaking into a motor vehicle and unlawful possession of a firearm (which was stolen.) His bond was revoked from a previous charge and he remained in jail for about eight months.
- In November 2016 the Camden Police Department arrested Bush-Robinson and charged him with receiving stolen goods and breaking into a motor vehicle.