Man pleads to string of Asian restaurant holdups

A 2011 booking photo of Simmons. (Source: BCDC)
A 2011 booking photo of Simmons. (Source: BCDC)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC/AP) - A man facing weapons and conspiracy charges in a string of Lowcountry holdups over several years has pleaded guilty in federal court.

Christopher Donnell Simmons, 33, of Wadmalaw Island, pleaded guilty on Monday to four counts including weapons and conspiracy charges.

The indictment included counts stemming from the holdups of more than a dozen Asian restaurants and check-cashing stores from 2009 through 2011. Authorities say the robberies took place over a wide area from Walterboro, to Holly Hill, to Georgetown.

As part of a plea agreement, Simmons must make restitution and cooperate with authorities. Two other men, Raynard Montel Eady and Winard Montez Eady, both from North Charleston, charged in the robberies face trial in federal court in Charleston this week.

Raynard Eady and Simmons were arrested in February 2011, while Winard Eady was apprehended last May.

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