NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A 36-year-old North Charleston convict was sentenced on Wednesday to life without the possibility of parole after he was found guilty of dealing drugs.
Solicitor Scarlett A. Wilson announced a Charleston County jury convicted Elliot Judon, Jr. of trafficking cocaine base, third offense.
Prosecutors say based on Judon's extensive prior record, which included 23 convictions over the past 16 years, two of which were classified as "serious," the solicitor's office served the defendant with notice of their intent to seek a sentence of life without parole if he was found guilty by a jury.
Wilson said, "Life really does mean life in this case. There is no parole for Mr. Judon. North Charleston Police gave us a case that put this career criminal away for good. In his last case with us, Judon escaped prosecution when a co-defendant took responsibility and claimed all the drugs."
In August of 2013, the North Charleston Police Department stopped Judon's vehicle for an equipment violation.
According to authorities, a subsequent consent to search resulted in officers locating a digital scale and utility knife with cocaine base residue.
Judon was placed under arrest and officers located an additional 10.1 grams of cocaine base concealed in Judon's boxer briefs.
At the conclusion of the trial, Judge Kristi L. Harrington sentenced Judon to life without the possibility of parole.
Judon's criminal history includes convictions for possession of a stolen motor vehicle, resisting arrest, assault of a high and aggravated nature, multiple counts of distribution of cocaine base, and unlawful possession of a pistol.
Assistant Solicitors Lauren Mulkey and Culver Kidd, who prosecuted the case, stated "North Charleston Police Department officers did a good job testifying and now Mr. Judon has now been held accountable for his refusal to reform from a life of crime."