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Felon gets 30 years for robbing couple in Beaufort County

BEAUFORT COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -

A convicted felon was sentenced to 30 years for robbing two people in Beaufort County.

On Thursday, a Beaufort County jury found Andrew Habersham guilty of armed robbery, attempted armed robbery, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and possession of a weapon by a person convicted of crime of violence.

Prosecutors say Habersham robbed two people at gunpoint in downtown Beaufort on June 29, 2011.

The victims were leaving a restaurant and walking through the marina parking lot when Habersham approached them and demanded their money and other belongings.

According to authorities, Habersham fled and was located several days later in Hardeeville after using the victim's stolen credit card.

Upon his arrest, Habersham admitted to being present at the robbery, but not being armed.

Habersham's prior convictions include strong arm robbery, four counts of forgery, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, third-degree assault and battery, and possession of marijuana.

“I am very pleased with the verdict,” Assistant Solicitor Mary Jordan Lempesis stated. “Beaufort County is a safer place with Jujuan Habersham behind bars.”

Habersham is not eligible for parole. He must serve at least 85 percent of the sentence before he is eligible for release.

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