GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - A Lowcountry man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for an armed robbery at a Goose Creek gas station last year.
Solicitor Scarlett A. Wilson said a Berkeley County jury convicted Alfred Singleton, Jr., this week for the armed robbery of the Speedway gas station in Goose Creek on June 1, 2016.
According to prosecutors, Singleton was convicted for armed robbery, but found not guilty for the kidnapping of the store clerk.
"The robbery, which was captured by the gas station's video surveillance camera, occurred during the late afternoon while the business had only two working employees," prosecutors said.
Circuit Court Judge R. Keith Kelly sentenced Singleton to thirty years for the armed robbery based upon the nature of the offense and the serious nature of his prior record.
Authorities say Singleton had previously been convicted for criminal sexual conduct and strong arm robbery.
The robbery happened on the afternoon of June 1, 2016 at the Speedway on Goose Creek Boulevard.
"During the course of the two-day trial, witnesses testified Singleton had entered the gas station and walked around until other customers left the business," prosecutors said.
A report states that Singleton approached the clerk, presented a note stating that he was robbing the store.
According to prosecutors, Singleton demanded money from the clerk and placed his hand under his shirt to imply that he had a gun while telling her, "Don't be stupid."
After Singleton got money and fled the store, employees were able to get a partial license plate number for Singleton's car.
Goose Creek Police then responded and identified Singleton as the suspect.
"Coincidentally, Singleton was also a suspect in a separate attempted robbery that occurred in Moncks Corner roughly 15 minutes prior to the Speedway robbery," prosecutors say.
According investigators, Singleton was arrested the following day, and during a post-miranda interview he admitted to being the person who had robbed the gas station.
"No gun was ever seen or recovered, and Singleton told law enforcement that he never had a gun," prosecutors said."The clerk of the Speedway gas station testified during the trial that although she never saw a gun she believed Singleton was armed due to the way he thrust the note into her face, what he said, and the way he held his hand under his shirt."