Store robbery brings 10-year term

A young man admitted in Oconee County court today that he used a gun and wore a bandana as he held up a convenience store in January 2011 in Seneca. The judge was told that the gun and the cash stolen were later found near the crime scene, a Plez-U convenience store. Judge Alex Macaulay ordered defendant Shane G. Charles, now 27 years old, to serve 10 years in prison, with a credit of three months served in jail while awaiting the disposition of the charges against him. Charles pleaded guilty to armed robbery. He told the judge that he has been doing a lot of thinking and praying and that he will never do something like that again, which he said is out of character. Public Defender Wilson Burr said Charles is one of the nicest clients that he has ever defended.