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Sentences Handed Down To Kyla Siatta, Domenic Merino & Shannon Cooper

Conway, South Carolina—In Horry County General Sessions Court yesterday, April 20, 2015, before the Honorable Benjamin H. Culbertson, criminal defendants Kyla Siatta, Domenic Merino and Shannon Cooper pled guilty to First Degree Burglary, Armed Robbery, and Kidnapping offenses.  Siatta was sentenced to serve fifteen (15) years on each charge concurrently; Merino and Cooper were sentenced to serve twenty-two (22) years on each charge concurrently.

Fifteenth Circuit Assistant Solicitors Thomas Terrell, III and Lauree Richardson were assigned to prosecute this case.  Prior to pleading guilty, all three defendants were scheduled for trial this week.

The offenses in this case occurred on the night of September 4, 2013, in the Longs section of Horry County.  Siatta, Merino, and Cooper, along with three additional co-defendants, rode together in a van to the victim’s residence.  Once the defendants unlawfully entered the victim’s home, they located one of the female residents in her bedroom.

At that point, the defendants tied up the victim, held a gun to her head, demanded money from her and repeatedly assaulted her by dragging her around from room to room.  After ransacking the place, the defendants stole a television, a gaming console, a rifle and whatever money they could find.  All six co-defendants then fled the scene in the van they arrived in.

Throughout the investigation, the Horry County Police Department were able to identify and arrest all six participants in the crime and a seventh defendant now charged with accessory after the fact.  Charges against the accessory defendant and the three remaining co-defendants are still pending in Horry County General Sessions Court.

First Degree Burglary, Kidnapping, and Armed Robbery are considered violent, most-serious offenses under South Carolina law.   This means that all three defendants must serve at least eight-five (85) percent of their sentence before being eligible for parole.

For questions about this case, contact the Fifteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office at 843-915-5460.


Conway, South Carolina – The Old Horry County Courthouse, located at 1201 3rd Avenue in Conway, is closed today due to a power outage from a blown transformer.

Offices located in the Old Horry County Courthouse includes the Conway Magistrate, Central Traffic Court, Central Jury Court, Delegation, Probation & Parole, Department of Juvenile Justice, and the Worthless Check Unit. Also no precious metal permits will be issued today as well. Court attendees are asked to call the offices tomorrow to reschedule hearing dates.

All offices will be open on a normal scheduled tomorrow, April 22.

Horry County Government Weekly Update for April 20 - April 24, 2015

Click HERE for Horry County Government's meetings, agendas, releases and events for the week of April 20-24, 2015.

REVISION-04/20/2015 Added Library meeting and agenda and new lane closure to Glenns Bay project.

Quarterly Employee Awards Announced

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County announced the three winners of the Horry County Employee Quarterly Awards, and a winner from each of the three divisions was chosen.

Kenneth Urbaniak, Security Control Technician for the Department of Airports, won the Administration Division/Airport Quarterly Award for his leadership skills.  Mr. Urbaniak has over 20-years of civilian and military aviation experience.  He works in the Airport’s Communications Office which is staffed 24-hours a day, seven days a week.  Kenneth always conducts himself in a calm, poised and methodical manner no matter the situation.  He often takes the lead and manages stressful events.  He works closely with the Horry County Police, Horry County Air Rescue Fire, Myrtle Beach Dispatch and the Transportation Safety Administration to help keep staff and visitors at the Myrtle Beach International Airport safe.

Julius Graham, Volunteer Recruiter for Horry County Fire Rescue, won the Public Safety Division Quarterly Award for his work in expanding the volunteer component of Horry County Fire Rescue, which saves the county countless dollars by avoiding the cost of paid firefighters.  Due to Mr. Graham’s efforts, Horry County Fire Rescue has a total of 412 volunteers.  Julius has redesigned the volunteer recruitment program and instituting levels of volunteerism that provides a vehicle for the county to avoid waste in purchasing equipment by having volunteers serve in a internship phase to ensure their commitment and ability to be volunteer firefighters.   Mr. Graham’s outstanding dedication has made him an invaluable resource of Horry County Fire Rescue.

Jerry Brown, Heavy Equipment Operator III for Horry County Public Works, won the Infrastructure & Regulation Division Quarterly Award for his dedication, knowledge of his district and willingness to assist wherever and whenever needed.  Mr. Brown was hired in 1981 and has since become an integral part of Horry County Public Works. Over his years with Horry County Public Works, Jerry has operated backhoes, supervised inmate work crews and responded to several major disasters such as Hurricane Hugo and Hurricane Floyd.  Mr. Brown is retiring at the end of April after 34-years of service and will leave big shoes to fill.

These three winners of the Horry County Employee Quarterly Awards received $250, a designated parking space, a certificate of achievement, and are eligible for the Employee of the Year Award of $1,000.

Other outstanding nominees were:

  • Margaret “Peggy” Adduce-E911
  • Charles Deloach-J. Reuben Long Detention Center
  • Dennis Liu-Police
  • Robert Freeman-Parks & Recreation
  • Pat Griffin-Maintenance
  • Scott Sankow-Fleet Service
  • Susan Boyd-Library System
  • Lisa Gartner-Assessor
  • Cathy Gasque-Auditor
  • Crystal Smith-Finance

The Employee Quarterly Award Program focuses on an act or performance accomplished by an employee that is significant or of great value to the department or county organization as a whole and is beyond normal expectations of the employee. Considerations are also given to customer service, cost/time savings, recognized increased efficiency, and/or effectiveness, or revenue generated funds.

Armed Robbery Sentence Handed Down for John Johnson

Conway, South Carolina- Yesterday morning in Horry County General Sessions Court, criminal defendant John Johnson, 25, pled guilty to two (2) counts of Armed Robbery.  Johnson was scheduled for trial for April 20, 2015.

The Honorable John C. Hayes III accepted the guilty plea and sentenced the defendant to serve eighteen (18) years on each charge to be served concurrently at the South Carolina Department of Corrections.  Johnson must serve 85 percent before being eligible for parole.  Nancy Livesay, Violent Crimes Prosecutor for the Fifteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office, represented the State of South Carolina on this matter.

On May 27th, 2013, officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at Sea Mist Motel on 309 12th Avenue South, Myrtle Beach.  Victims reported that three black males held them at gunpoint and stole their wallets and a cell phone.  A witness observed three men matching the description of the suspects running from motel and fleeing the scene in a red Dodge Charge.  The vehicle was stopped at the south end of Myrtle Beach and the victims’ property and two guns were located.

The co-defendants charged in this case have either pled guilty or are awaiting trial.