Beaufort News

Man sentenced to 12 years for carjacking, kidnapping

A 28-year-old man was sentenced to 12 years in prison Wednesday for a carjacking and kidnapping at a Port Royal park last year.

Andre Green of Port Royal was found guilty after a two-day trial of one count of carjacking and one count of kidnapping in connection with the June attack on a man at Casablanca Park, according to a news release from the 14th Circuit Solicitor's Office. He was found not guilty of armed robbery.

According to the release, the victim had been approached by an acquaintance at Spanish Trace Apartments, who asked for a ride to the park. They, along with Green, got into the car. At the park, Green pulled a pistol, held it to the victim's head and demanded money.

After stealing $30 and rummaging through the car, Green forced the victim into the trunk and drove off, the release said. While on Ribaut Road, the victim found the emergency release lever and jumped from the moving vehicle. A witness called 911.

On the witness stand, the victim refused to identify Green as the robber, the release said.

"It wasn't that the victim couldn't identify Green," said assistant solicitor Patrick Hall, who prosecuted the case. "It was that he wouldn't identify Green because he had been threatened and intimidated. I think the jury understood that."

Green had been convicted of an armed robbery in 2003.

Judge Derham Cole handed down a 30-year sentence that was suspended to 12 years in prison. This means that Green must serve about 10 years before he can be released, according to the Solicitor's Office. He will then serve five years on probation.