Two siblings were sentenced to prison on Thursday for unrelated crimes.
A jury found Carla Griffin, 31, of Burton guilty of one count of unlawful neglect of a child. Judge Carmen Mullen sentenced her Thursday to three years in prison followed by three years of probation.
Griffin gave her 3-year-old child a mixed alcoholic drink on March 2 that, when combined with a medicine the child was taking, led the child to be hospitalized for having difficulty breathing. Jurors deliberated for about 45 minutes following the daylong trial, according to a news release from the 14th Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office.
Later Thursday, 37-year-old Kevin Griffin, of Burton, pleaded guilty to charges in connection with a series of four burglaries in late 2009 and early 2010. Judge Brooks Goldsmith sentenced him to nine years in prison.
Griffin's spree of burglaries was uncovered March 11 when the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office K-9 Tracking Team found Griffin in his Shanklin Road home with items stolen from a nearby house.
The following is a summary of Kevin Griffin's burglaries:
- Between Dec. 22 and Dec. 29: A Marine Corps sword and various tools were stolen from a home on Margareta Court in Burton. Fingerprints found at the scene belonged to Griffin.
- March 10: Two flat screen televisions, jewelry and a small amount of cash were stolen from a home on Westgate Circle. Deputies recovered the two televisions along railroad tracks between the home and Griffin's house. Jewelry was found in Griffin's possession the following day.
- March 11: A high school student returned home to find Griffin in her Roseida Road home. Griffin reached into his pocket to make it appear he had a gun and then ran out of the house. The K-9 Tracking Team led investigators to Griffin's home on Shanklin Road where deputies were already executing a search warrant involving the child neglect case against Carla Griffin. Kevin Griffin was found in possession of jewelry from the March 10 burglary.