A 27-year-old Yemassee man was convicted Friday of holding a Bluffton family captive during a 2010 home invasion.
Marion Powell was sentenced to 27 years in prison for first-degree burglary, armed robbery, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and five counts of kidnapping, according to a 14th Circuit Solicitor's office news release.
On Oct. 25, 2010, Powell and two other men burst into a home on Oakesdale Drive in the Mill Creek subdivision and rounded up two children playing in the backyard and two inside, all between the ages of 3 and 10. One man held them at gunpoint, while Powell and another man found the 28-year-old mother of two of the children. They forced her to the ground and said they would kill her if they didn't get all of her money, the release said.
After the woman gave them $2,200 in cash from the closet, they ransacked the home looking for other items of value, taking designer handbags, women's shoes and jewelry.
Powell was arrested in March 2011. While the other two men were not found, Powell's trial revealed fresh evidence, and a Bluffton Police Department investigation remains active, according to the release.
Powell has prior convictions for assault with intent to kill, pointing and presenting a firearm, the release said. He is also charged in connection with two other armed robberies. He must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole or early release.