A 31-year-old Jasper County man was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years in prison for breaking into his ex-girlfriend's home and threatening her family.
A jury found John Henry Wright III guilty of one count of first-degree burglary, according to a news release Thursday from the 14th Circuit Solicitor's Office. The victim and her son escaped and called police from a neighbor's house.
Wright and the victim had dated for five years and had broken up about nine months before the burglary, which occurred May 21, the release said. Wright was on probation for burning the victim's car at the time of the break-in.
The case was prosecuted by assistant solicitor Tameaka Legette of the Western Career Criminal Prosecution Team before Judge Perry M. Buckner.
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"It is clear that Wright would have stopped at nothing to hurt his ex-girlfriend, who had moved on with her life," Legette said in the news release. "With this conviction and the lengthy prison sentence, we were able to intervene before the situation escalated to something even worse than a home invasion."
The following reports were released Thursday by the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office:
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Compiled by Cassie Foss and Patrick Donohue