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Round O man gets 22 years in prison

A Round O man has been sentenced to more than two decades in prison for committing many burglaries in rural Colleton County.

Samuel Lane Campbell, 33, of Round O, has pleaded guilty to 12 different charges, including seven counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of breaking into a motor vehicle, grand larceny and safecracking.

He pleaded guilty to the charges in court on Thursday, Dec. 14th.

“This defendant stole his way through this county, causing lots of damage along the way,” Assistant Solicitor Ceth Utsey said, as stated in a press release issued by the solicitor’s office. Utsey is part of a prosecution team assigned to Colleton County through the solicitor’s office.

“Many people were left with heartaches and headaches due to Mr. Campbell and his indiscriminate stealing,” said Utsey.

According to a press release, Campbell’s arrest by local law enforcement officers came after he broke into several campers that were parked at a Cottageville-area Hunting Club. During those break-ins, he stole a slew of items, including heaters, electronics, a grill, hunting equipment, and other items.

In a separate incident, Campbell also stole a secured cooler valued at $285 from the back of a pickup parked at a Walterboro home.

In a third and unrelated incident, he also used a stolen cutting torch to open a safe.

As a result of his prosecution in court, he was sentenced to 22 years in prison. The sentence was handed down by Circuit Court Judge Brooks Goldsmith.

Campbell’s criminal record includes prior convictions of Driving Under the Influence; driving with a suspended list, grand larceny, possession of methamphetamine, and receiving stolen goods.

His criminal history dates back to 2002.