WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - A 22-year-old man was sentenced to 30 years in prison Thursday morning after pleading guilty to kidnapping and raping a woman in West Ashley in 2011.
Marion Lamont Brown Jr. will be forced to serve 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.
During the hearing, Brown's victim spoke and told the court how the incident had traumatized her.
"I want to make sure every person in this room understands the horrible things this defendant has done to me physically and emotionally and how it will affect my life forever," the victim said on Thursday. "I should be enjoying my second year of marriage and the job of my dreams, not feeling emotionally and physically shut down and terrified that my live will never be normal again."
During a hearing on Oct. 4, Brown suffered a seizure while entering his guilty plea. Brown's attorney said he has seen Brown suffer from seizures before. Last year, Brown's father said Brown had a history of medical problems and is on several medications.
Before having the seizure, which Brown told the judge he suffers from periodically, he was entering a guilty plea on charges of kidnapping, criminal sexual conduct first degree and grand larceny. Prosecutor Scarlett Wilson told the courtroom the maximum sentence for the three charges combined is 70 years.
However, at the hearing, Brown was entering a guilty plea for a negotiated sentence.
In the courtroom, Solicitor Wilson also told the judge that Brown was also actively serving time for crimes he committed in the state of Georgia.
According to Wilson, Brown received a negotiated sentence of 12 years for kidnapping, aggravated assault, burglary and criminal intent to comment a felony in 2011. While Brown was out on bail for the Georgia charges, Wilson says he traveled to South Carolina and committed the crimes he was in court for.
In May of 2011, Authorities say Brown carjacked and sexually assaulted a woman in West Ashley. The Charleston County Sheriff's Office says that witnesses identified Brown in a photo line-up and that a DNA test was a factor in Brown's arrest.