SC teen admits burning courthouse, gets 35 years

LANCASTER, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina teen on a crime spree that included setting fires at the historic Lancaster County courthouse and a prosecutor's office has been sentenced to 35 years in prison.

The Herald of Rock Hill reported that 18-year-old Martavious Carter pleaded guilty Friday to arson, kidnapping, robbery and other charges.

Prosecutors say Carter's crime spree began last summer with the fires and ended about six weeks later when he carjacked a 70-year-old woman, stuffing her in the trunk. He also committed four armed robberies.

The fire heavily damaged Lancaster County's historic 180-year-old county courthouse, which had been designed by Washington Monument creator Robert Mills. The building is being repaired.

Information from: The Herald,

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