Columbia man crime spree ends in 70 year sentence
Columbia, S.C. (WACH)-- A Columbia man responsible for murder, several robberies and kidnappings has pled guilty before a judge last week.
Stanley Pernell Jones pled guilty to murder, three counts of burglary in the first degree, grand larceny, six counts of armed robbery, eleven counts of kidnapping, one count of attempted armed robbery, two counts of assault and battery in the first degree, and four counts of possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
According to Director of Communications Nicole Holland, Jones was sentenced to seventy years at the South Carolina Department of Corrections and is not eligible for parole.
Jones crime spree began in December 2013 when he committed an armed robbery outside of a victim's home. Law enforcement was able to quickly apprehend and take him into custody.
After posting a $150,000 bond, Jones was released from the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center just a week after his arrest.
While out on bound, Jones has committed a plethora of crimes which include:
• January 9, 2014 – Stanley Jones burglarized a residence on Woodbranch Drive by breaking the kitchen window with a brick. Once inside the home he stole personal effects belonging to the homeowners.
• January 22, 2014 – Stanley Jones burglarized a residence on Harrison Road by breaking out a rear window and stole a S&W 40 caliber handgun.
• February 4, 2014 – Stanley Jones committed murder, burglary in the first degree, armed robbery, and two counts of kidnapping. Stanley Jones and his co-defendants kicked in the door of Tresvon Coker’s residence on Brookfield Road and demanded money from Coker and his fiance. Coker tried to defend himself, and in the process, Jones shot him in the head. Coker was immediately rushed to Palmetto Health Richland where he died three weeks later as a result of the gunshot.
• On February 5, 2014 – Jones committed an armed robbery of the Mini Mart where he held the clerk at gunpoint and received over $900 in cash.
• On February 7, 2014 – Jones committed an armed robbery at the LiL Cricket where he pointed a shotgun at the clerk and a customer and demanded money.
• On February 15, 2014- Jones committed an armed robbery of a local Dollar General, in which he held a knife to the manager’s neck and demanded that she open the safe. He fled once the manager gave him $1,500.00.
• On February 17, 2014- Jones committed an armed robbery of Bojangles in which he held the manager at purported knife-point and forced her and four other individuals into a back room. Once there, he demanded that she open the safe.
• Stanley Jones then fled to North Carolina where he committed an armed robbery of a Dollar General. He then fled to Norfolk, Virginia. He was ultimately apprehended in Norfolk and extradited back to South Carolina.
While being housed at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center in 2015, Jones attacked a female guard.
He grabbed the guard and held a shank to her as he forced her into a cell.
The guard was able to fight him off and tried to escape, until he grabbed her again and forced her into a corner and began to remove her shoes and pants before she was rescued by another detention center officer.
While sentencing Jones, Chief Justice Jean H. Toal said "it doesn't get much worse than this."