GARNER | An 18-year-old man accused of robbery at a rural Hancock County party has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to lesser charges.
Samuel Christopher Swanson, who pleaded guilty to second- and third-degree robbery, was sentenced to 12 years of probation. Fines of $2,375 were suspended.
Swanson was initially charged with seven counts of felony first-degree robbery, two counts of felony second-degree burglary, felony intimidation with a dangerous weapon and three counts of misdemeanor assault with a dangerous weapon.
Swanson is a co-defendant with Isaiah Zion Lewis, who pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery earlier this month at the Hancock County Courthouse.
Lewis, 17, will be sentenced Jan. 23, 2018. He admitted in court earlier this month he tapped a person on the shoulder with an AR-15 rifle and told them to empty their pockets.
The charges stem from when Swanson, Lewis, and Kyren-Ray Daniel Valentine, 19, went to a rural Hancock County party this summer with the intention of committing thefts, according to court documents.
Valentine has a plea hearing Jan. 9, 2018, at the Hancock County Courthouse.