ROCK HILL — A Rock Hill teenager whose grandmother said he was in the wrong place at the wrong time pleaded guilty this week to his involvement in a botched drug deal that landed an alleged pot dealer in the hospital for months.
Lamar Jackquise Floyd, 17, turned his head from side to side and threw up his hands, bound by handcuffs, to greet family members Thursday in a York County courtroom before he uttered a guilty plea to attempted armed robbery and criminal conspiracy.
Sixteenth Circuit Judge Lee Alford sentenced Floyd to three years in prison without parole, with credit for 133 days already served.
On July 26, Floyd, Ramon Latavius Baxter and Michael Robert Wylie Jr. hadplans to rob a smalltime drug dealer, Skyler Hall, of marijuana, said Assistant Solicitor E.B. Springs. Once at Halls South Confederate Avenue apartment, they tried to execute their plan.
Skyler Hall, unfortunately, was either very foolhardy or braver than they thought, Springs said, adding that Hall shouted, Youre not going to rob me.
Floyd and Baxter panicked and began to run out the house, but Wylie, who carried a .22 caliber revolver, shot Hall, sending a bullet through the 24-year-old mans stomach, puncturing his pancreas and other vital organs.
Hall was hospitalized at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte for several months.
In September, a judge decided to delay setting bond for Baxter until it was clear Hall, who developed several infections after the shooting and suffered from jaundice, would survive.
On Thursday, Springs told Judge Alford that Halls recovered. Last week, Baxter pleaded guilty to attempted armed robbery and criminal conspiracy. Wylie on Tuesday pleaded guilty to attempted murder, criminal conspiracy, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and attempted armed robbery, Springs said. He was sentenced to 16 years in prison.
As Springs detailed the incident, Floyd shook his head as if to disagree. After conferring with his Rock Hill attorney Sean Cronin, Floyd said he agreed with the facts of the case and declined to address the court.
He got mixed up in the wrong crowd, Cronin told the judge.
After the hearing, Floyds grandmother, Elaine Curry, told The Herald that Floyd had just gotten a ride from a friend that Thursday night in August and wound up caught up in the crowd. She said he suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Hes a good kid, Curry said, who doesnt bother anybody unless hes bothered.
She said Hall should be imprisoned.
He shouldnt have had the drugs in the first place, she said.
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