Judge sentences Lowcountry bank robber

Kelvin Barton
Kelvin Barton

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A North Charleston man who robbed five Lowcountry banks was sentenced to over 12 years in prison on Thursday.

Kelvin Barton pleaded guilty in late February to all charges in relation to five bank robberies he committed between July 2010 and June 2011. He faced 25 years for each bank robbery.

A judge sentenced Barton to 30 months for violating his supervised release by committing the five bank robberies, and will get 121 months for the actual robberies. Barton will serve a consecutive sentence of 151 months in prison, followed by a supervised release of five years.

Barton was arrested last summer following a bank robbery and chase that started on Johns Island and ended on Dorchester Road in North Charleston. The chase ended when Barton crashed into three cars, injuring two adults and a child, said police.

Barton was charged in June 2011 with a July 2010 robbery at the National Bank of South Carolina. Barton had been accused of robbing The National Bank of South Carolina in West Ashley in April and a State Credit Union in West Ashley in September 2010.

The Summerville Police Department also charged Barton with entering a bank to steal in a May 27 robbery of the Sun Trust Bank on Dorchester Road.

In each of the bank robberies, Barton, wearing either a ski mask or woman's wig, approached a bank teller while pointing a gun and demanded money. It was later discovered that the pistol he was using was not a real gun, but instead an air powered pellet gun.