A York man, out on two sets of bonds for drug charges when he escaped from police by swimming away in Lake Wylie, has been sentenced to prison for drug trafficking.
Bruce Wayne Freeman, 39, pleaded guilty to trafficking methamphetamine, illegal gun possession, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and cocaine possession, said Dan Porter, 16th Circuit assistant solicitor. He was sentenced to six years.
Freeman was arrested in both March and April on drug trafficking and other charges, but was released on bond both times, court records show.
In June, York County deputies responded to the Allison Creek boat landing near York and found a car with drugs, a weapon, cash and Freeman’s identification inside.
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Freeman, who was swimming in the lake when police approached, swam away to escape, Porter said.
Freeman was charged the next day with drug charges and other charges, and his bond was revoked.
Freeman faced as much as 40 years in prison, but negotiated a plea agreement. His sentence was an agreement between prosecutors and Freeman’s lawyer, Steven Schusterman of Rock Hill.