After his co-defendant was found not guilty of a 2012 murder, Arbre Bernard Robinson had his murder charge dropped.
The 30-year-old Williston man was charged in the Aug. 27, 2012, shooting death of Leon Brown in Blackville. The solicitor's office offered Robinson a plea deal for a lesser first offense drug possession charge.
This was in response to his co-defendant, Tracy Maurice Davis, being found not guilty by a jury last month at the Barnwell County Courthouse.
"Unfortunately we didn't have quite enough evidence in the case to bring a conviction," said Jack Hammack, an assistant solicitor, about the jury's verdict.
The trial's outcome combined with Robinson's cooperation is what led the solicitor's office to offer Hammack a plea deal. "He was helpful and did come forward and admit his role," said Hammack of Robinson.
During Davis' trial, Robinson testified he and Davis hatched a plan to steal drugs from Brown during a drug deal Robinson had set up. He admitted to grabbing a trash bag full of marijuana, while Davis held a gun at Brown. Robinson said he then ran to his car, but Davis was the one who shot Brown.
Hammack said Robinson was sentenced to five years in jail, suspended upon the time he's already served - roughly a year. He has been released.
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