MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) - A judge sentenced a Summerville convict to 30 years in prison for a home invasion where he and three others held three people at gunpoint for over an hour.
John Darrieux was found guilty for three counts of armed robbery, three counts of kidnapping, first-degree burglary and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.
Darrieux's latest conviction stems from an incident on Oct. 21, 2014 when authorities say Darrieux and three others broke down the front door of a home in Moncks Corner.
"The victims were each asleep at the time," prosecutors say."Three of the intruders were wearing Halloween masks, and all four of them were armed with handguns."
According to the Ninth Circuit Solicitor's Office, the gunmen held the three victims at gunpoint for over an hour while they ransacked the home collecting prescription medications, electronics, power tools, and other property.
"The intruders then forced the victims into a bathroom and threatened their lives before leaving the residence," prosecutors said.
The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office captured the four suspects later that day after a 911 call for suspicious activity in a neighborhood in Summerville.
After Darrieux's arrest, several of the victim's belongings were found at a co-defendant's residence, prosecutors say.
Darrieux has a prior conviction for burglary from 2011.
Prosecutors say the codefendant's cases are still pending.
The suspects were arrested at a College Park Road mobile home park in Summerville, and deputies reported that a silver Dodge Durango was found at the residence suspected to have been used in the incident.
BCSO investigators said items from the burglary were found in the vehicle, and that a subsequent search of Chisholm's Goose Creek apartment resulted in the recovery of numerous items stolen during the home invasion.
Those items included chess sets, identification documents belonging to the victims, medications belonging to the victims, a television set, and personal items.
Four masks similar to those worn by the suspects in the home invasion and two handguns were also seized, deputies say.