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'Repeat offender' sentenced in 2011 Clinton area burglary

Maurice Odom (Source: Eighth Circuit Solicitor's Office) Maurice Odom (Source: Eighth Circuit Solicitor's Office)
LAURENS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A Barnwell man, who prosecutors called a repeat offender, was sentenced to 15 years behind bars on Thursday.

Eighth Circuit Solicitor David Stumbo said 39-year-old Maurice Odom was found guilty of second-degree burglary, grand larceny and criminal conspiracy for his role in a 2011 incident at a Sunny Mart BP on Highway 72 in the Clinton area.

According to Stumbo, in the early morning hours of Nov. 11, 2011, Obom and another person entered the store by smashing a side window with a large rock.

Once inside, they took numerous items, including 82 cartons of cigarettes and cash from a file cabinet, Stumbo said. 

With the help of a SLED K-9 named Judy and her handlers, the Clinton police were able to identify Odom as the primary suspect.

Odom and the other person were taken into custody later that week.

Following being found guilty of the charges, Judge Don Hocker sentenced him to the maximum 15 years in prison for the second-degree burglary charge.

According to Stumbo, Odom has a lengthy criminal history, including convictions for multiple burglaries and a sexual assault.

He said Odom also has pending charges in other counties around the state for similar break-ins.

Stumbo said Odom's conviction in this case makes him eligible for a life sentence without parole if found guilty of another burglary.

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