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.
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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.