Two Parris Island Marines charged in robbery that ended in Marine's death

BY REBECCA LURYE

November 27, 2013 

Brandi Toniqua Hardy (left) and Sierra Danielle Powers (right).

Brandi Toniqua Hardy (left) and Sierra Danielle Powers (right).

— Two Parris Island Marines were charged Wednesday with helping to plan the armed robbery that left another Marine dead.

Pfc. Sierra Danielle Powers, 18, and Pfc. Brandi Toniqua Hardy, 20, of Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island were charged with criminal conspiracy for their roles in the attempted robbery during a drug deal Friday outside a home on Hookstra Drive in Beaufort, according to a Beaufort Police Department news release.

Deputy Chief Dale McDorman would not say whether Powers and Hardy were present during the robbery or offer more details about their alleged involvement in the Nov. 22 incident in the Mossy Oaks neighborhood.

Authorities have said Pfc. Jerrit Timberson and Pfc. Kelsey Dent of Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort arranged to purchase marijuana from Karl Brather Lyttle, 21. During the deal, Timberson and Dent pulled fake pistols and tried to rob Lyttle, who pulled a real gun and shot Timberson, according to McDorman.

Timberson, a 20-year-old native of Fairview Heights, Ill., was pronounced dead soon after at Beaufort Memorial Hospital, according to police.

Lyttle, who is from Beaufort, was charged Tuesday with two marijuana offenses, but not with the shooting.

The Beaufort Police Department has completed most of its investigation and has forwarded the case to the 14th Circuit Solicitor's Office for review, McDorman said, adding that the Solicitor's Office will decide whether more charges will be filed.

"We just need to have the Solicitor's Office review the evidence and make a determination of whether there is an appropriate charge and what is it," McDorman said. "I think arguments can be made for and against further charges, and we're not attorneys."

Timberson's wife, Champagne White-Timberson, 19, of Beaufort, and Dent, 18, who is from Belleville, Ill., were previously arrested and charged with criminal conspiracy. They are accused of planning the robbery attempt. White-Timberson posted a $125,000 bond. Dent, who also faces an armed-robbery charge, remains in the Beaufort County Detention Center in lieu of $150,000 bail.

Powers and Hardy also are being held at the jail, pending bond bearings.

The Naval Criminal Investigations Service is investigating the armed robbery, according to spokesman Ed Buice.

Attempts Wednesday to reach a spokesman for Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort were unsuccessful. Parris Island public information officer Gunnery Sgt. Bill Lisbon said Wednesday he did not know whether the depot would take disciplinary action against Powers, a native of Crescent City, Calif., or Hardy, who is from Columbus, Ohio.

"It's a little early to tell right now what, if anything, we're going to do," he said. "We're working with the Beaufort Police Department and NCIS."

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