From staff reports
A North Carolina man who attempted to rob two northern Beaufort County businesses has been sent to prison.
Ronnie Dean Maynor, 42, pleaded guilty as charged to armed robbery, attempted armed robbery, possession of a stolen vehicle and two counts of possession of a weapon during commission of a violent crime. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Beaufort County Courthouse.
Mary Jordan Lempesis of the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office prosecuted the charges.
In a statement to investigators, Maynor admitted that on July 13, 2021, he entered a Shell convenience store on Beaufort’s Boundary Street, waited for customers to leave, then pulled a handgun on the cashier. Maynor was startled when someone entered the store, and he ran away without stealing anything.
Later that day, Maynor changed clothes and went to a Family Dollar store on Sea Island Parkway, where he pulled a gun on the cashier and stole about $300. Maynor also admitted to stealing the car in which he rode that day. That theft took place in Colleton County.
Maynor’s criminal history dates to 1996 and includes offenses in North Carolina ranging from breaking and entering, to larceny, to violation of a protective order.
Co-defendants Dequam Youmans of Beaufort and E’Nisha Juliette Robinson of St. Helena Island also face charges in connection with the Beaufort County robberies. They are innocent of those charges until and unless proven guilty in court.
Circuit Court Judge Brian Gibbons handed down Maynor’s sentence.