Crime & Courts

Ex-hospice nurse charged in robbery

A former hospice nurse and her boyfriend were arrested in Lexington County for allegedly robbing a home where she once took care of an elderly patient.

Tonya Leigh Corder, 31, of Gilbert and James Bentham Butler, 28, of Batesburg-Leesville have been charged with first-degree burglary, robbery while armed with a deadly weapon and possessing a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, the Lexington County Sheriff's Department reported.

The two are accused of breaking into a home on Walter Taylor Road near Gilbert on Feb. 7. Corder once worked at the home to care for its owner's late mother, the sheriff's department reported.

The couple first went to the home in the early evening so Corder could borrow $30 from the 74-year-old homeowner, according to the sheriff's report. While borrowing the money, she noticed he had a lot of cash in his wallet.

About 45 minutes later, the couple returned. Butler allegedly broke into the home and pointed a gun at the 74-year-old owner, the sheriff reported. He took the wallet, which contained about $1,000.

Corder allegedly drove the getaway car, the sheriff said.

Sheriff's deputies arrested the two arrested last week. Both are being held in the Lexington County Detention Center awaiting bond hearings in circuit court.

- Noelle Phillips

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