4 arrested for York County burglaries, including teen who shot baby deer, police say

Deputies in York County have charged four York men in burglaries, including a teen jailed last week for illegal killing of two baby deer while night hunting with a spotlight, officials said.

Samuel Saye Williams, accused of killing two weeks-old fawns, is one of four men in custody from mutiple burglaries, said Trent Faris, spokesman for York County Sheriff’s office.

Williams, 19, of York, faces four charges from the illegal hunting, court records show. He was released on bond Sept. 26 after he was arrested by South Carolina wildlife agents from S.C. Department of Natural Resources.

The three others being held at York County jail pending service of multiple warrants in the burglaries are Jonathan Wayne Hamm, 21, Michael Anton Richter, 24, and Michael Vashawn Brewer, 28, according to Faris and jail records.

“We have several detectives actively working the burglary cases,” Faris said.

Each of the four defendants was served arrest warrants late Wednesday afternoon for counts of first degree and third degree burglary, petty larceny, conspiracy, and possession of tools that can be used in a crime, according to York County police and jail records.

First degree burglary in South Carolina is a felony that carries a minimum of 15 years up to life in prison for a conviction.

All four suspects are being held at the York County jail without bond.

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Andrew Dys covers breaking news and public safety for The Herald, where he has been a reporter and columnist since 2000. He has won 51 South Carolina Press Association awards for his coverage of crime, race, justice, and people. He is author of the book “Slice of Dys” and his work is in the U.S. Library of Congress.