Camden man sentenced to 50 years in jail for deadly 2011 crime spree

03/12/2014 8:27 PM

03/12/2014 8:28 PM

KERSHAW COUNTY, SC Twenty-five year old Frank Terrance Singleton III will be 75-years-old when he gets out of state prison for his role in a series of 2011 home invasions in Camden that left a man dead, Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said in a release.

Singleton pleaded guilty Wednesday to murder, armed robbery, burglary and kidnapping in a violent weeklong crime spree that ended up at a home on Sandspur Road in Camden on May 15, 2011 where Michael Hayes, 39 , a known drug dealer, was repeatedly shot when he couldn’t get his home safe open fast enough. Haye’s girlfriend told the invaders she could not open the safe and they should just take the safe with them. They did. They also took her and her 5-day-old baby. The two were later released and she alerted police.

The crime sparked a massive manhunt involving up to 50 Kershaw County deputies, SLED agents and Camden city police officers.

The suspects - identified as Frank Terrance Singleton III, 23; Curtis Quandal Drakeford, 20; Jerome Ricky Lewis, 34; and Arthur Macklin III, 24 - were captured the next day.

-- Rachael Myers Lowe

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