Teen sentenced to 20 years for armed robbery

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A Charleston County jury found a teenager guilty of armed robbery last week and a judge sentenced him to 20 years in prison.

According to the Charleston County Solicitor's Office, 19-year-old Marvin Lamar Bowens was found guilty for his role in the 2008 armed robbery of a convenience store in Hollywood.

Investigators say that On Dec. 20, 2008, Bowens drove himself and another man to Road Runner convenience store in Hollywood. Bowens pulled his van behind the store to act as a lookout while the passenger of the van entered the store wearing a bandana over his face and carrying a sawed-off shotgun.

Once inside, police say the man pointed the sawed-off shotgun at the clerk and demanded money. Police say the man took $300 from the cash register, exited the store and rode away in the van Bowens was driving.

A woman across the street witnessed the incident, called the police and gave a description of the van and suspects. Colleton County Sheriff's deputy spotted a van matching the description and initiated a felony traffic stop shortly after the robbery.

Bowens was apprehended immediately, while the other man ran from the van and was taken into custody soon after without further incident. Bowens later gave a statement to police detailing his role in the armed robbery.

After about two hours of deliberation, jury members returned with a guilty verdict. A judge sentenced Bowens to 20 years in prison.

Although Bowens does not have any prior criminal convictions, he still faces charges from three other armed robberies from 2008, 2009, and 2010.

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