Kershaw Co. man’s getaway nets him 24 years, mom’s arrest

cwinston@thestate.comJanuary 16, 2014 

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— A Kershaw County man who fired at deputies while trying to elude capture in December 2012 was sentenced Thursday to 24 years in prison.

Ernest Maurice Allen was found guilty on a number of charges: two counts of attempted murder, one count of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, resisting arrest with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Judge James R. Barber sentenced him to a total of 24 years in prison, according to a press release from the 5th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Department deputies attempted to arrest Allen on Dec. 20, 2012, after he failed to appear in court on nine charges. But Allen fled on foot and fired upon deputies with a .38-caliber revolver, according to the press release. No one was injured, but Allen eluded capture until the next day.

Things could get even worse for Allen’s family.

His mother, Sabrina Allen, has been charged with interfering with her son’s trial. According to the release, a witness failed to appear in court Tuesday and later said Sabrina Allen had taken her to a Lee County home and offered her money not to testify. The witness did testify on Wednesday.

The felony charge carries with it a sentence of up to 10 years. Sabrina Allen has a bond hearing scheduled for Friday morning.

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