FAYETTEVILLE — A man from South Carolina was sentenced to 53 to 62 years for his part in a January armed robbery and home invasion in Oak Hill.
Recounting testimony from the three-day trial, Fayette County Circuit Court Judge Paul Blake Jr. described Antwyn Dante Gibbs, 28, as hired muscle for an eight-hour trip to rob a drug dealer’s home.
Blake said Gibbs was one of five men who entered an Oak Hill home and carried a safe and other items home to South Carolina.
Along the way, Gibbs used his cell phone to take pictures of snow along U.S. 19, allowing the prosecution to track his movements. Evidence of the crime was also found in the yard of his South Carolina home.
Blake noted that when Gibbs and the other men burst into the Oak Hill home, a grandmother was at the residence braiding her granddaughter’s hair. The child was so frightened she soiled her clothes, he said.
Fayette County Assistant Prosecutor Brian Parsons said Gibbs used violence and weapons to take what he wanted.
“The facts of the case suggest he is dangerous to society. The next time he commits a crime, there will be a trail of bodies. I don’t think it should get to that point,” said Parsons.
Wednesday, Gibbs told Blake his public defender did not represent him to his fullest ability.
He also said that he was shot in the mouth at a party in July 2014 and suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which would be increased by serving time.
Blake denied an application for probation and a motion seeking alternative sentencing.
Gibbs was sentenced to 50 years for first degree felony robbery.
He was also sentenced to one to 10 years for felony entry of a residence and two to five years for conspiracy to commit a felony, an enhanced sentence because of Gibbs’ criminal record.
The charges are meant to be served consecutively.
Four other men have been convicted of charges stemming from the same incident.
Radee Maurice Hill, of Little Mountain, of South Carolina, and Kevin Goodman Jr., of Oak Hill, were found guilty of conspiracy to commit a felony, entry of a dwelling and first degree robbery during a trial.
Two other co-defendants, Kentrell Goodman, of Oak Hill, and Rashad Charmane Wicker, of Pomoria, S.C., previously pleaded guilty to first degree robbery.
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