Two Rock Hill men have been sentenced for their role in a plot to detonate two pipe bombs near a Charlotte school to divert police so they could rob a credit union.
William Christopher Puckett, 19, was sentenced to seven years and eight months in prison. His co-defendant, Edgar Scott Williams IV, 19, was sentenced to six years and eight months in prison, according to a press release issued by U.S. Attorney Walter Wilkins.
Both men pleaded guilty last year and testified for the government against two other co-defendants, Timothy and Steven Eddington, according to the release.
Testimony during the two trials showed that Puckett, Williams and the Eddingtons conspired to rob the Founders Federal Credit Union on Commerce Boulevard in Charlotte on Aug. 23, 2007.
The evidence showed that the men agreed to rob the credit union by manufacturing two pipe bombs that would be detonated away from the bank near a school or some other public place to divert the police from the bank robbery, the release states.
On the morning of the planned robbery, the York County Sheriff's Office received a CrimeStoppers tip that the men were sleeping in an abandoned house in Fort Mill. A SWAT team was able to arrest the men before they could act on the plan.
When the SWAT team entered the abandoned house, they found two pipe bombs sitting on a kitchen counter, the release states.
All four men later confessed to their involvement in the conspiracy while being held at the York County Detention Center, according to the release. The Eddingtons chose to have a trial, their confessions were used against them and both were found guilty. They are awaiting sentencing.
The case was investigated by agents of the sheriff's office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.