CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A 25-year-old Summerville man accused of robbing the same bank twice in four months is on the way to prison for the rest of his life.
Prosecutors say Tyrone Darius Ellison, who has a 2007 conviction for assault and battery with intent to kill, was found guilty on Friday of armed robbery and entering a bank with intent to steal.
Ellison was sentenced to life without parole on the armed robbery charge and a concurrent 30 years on entering a bank with intent to steal.
Judge D. Craig Brown sentenced Ellison pursuant to the state's two strike law.
Authorities say Ellison is responsible for the April 1, 2013 bank robbery at the Sun Trust Bank on 8610 Dorchester Road.
Investigators believe he returned to the same bank with two other men on three months later on July 1, 2013 and robbed it again.
North Charleston Police tried to stop the suspects' car but they drove off. One of the men was pushed out of the vehicle and arrested.
The chase ended on Highway 61 in Givhans when cops say the getaway car crashed into another car, seriously injuring the two people inside.
Police said they were able to track the suspects by using a GPS device that was inside one of the money bags.
The getaway driver, Nehemiah Coburn pleaded guilty in July and sentenced to eight years in prison.
Prosecutors say the other suspect, Ronald Lance, is awaiting trial on bank robbery charges.