Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Carl Chaplin, 58, was convicted in Dorchester County on one charge of burglary in the first degree and two charges of kidnapping resulting from a home invasion that occurred on December 3, 2011 at 234 Cone Lane in Summerville. Chaplin recruited two individuals to go to the residence of the victim where the two codefendants held the victims at gunpoint and tied their hands behind their backs. The codefendants were armed with rope, a shotgun, masks and gloves - all of which were provided by Carl Chaplin. Chaplin drove the two co-defendants to the scene and then pulled around the corner to act as a lookout. Upon completion of the home invasion, Chaplin drove the codefendants from the scene where they went to split the proceeds of the crime.
The jury deliberated approximately one hour before returning a verdict of guilty on all three charges. At sentencing, Judge Harrington sentenced the defendant to 20 years concurrent on each of the three charges. Kidnapping and burglary in the first degree are "no parole offenses". The case was prosecuted by Glenn Justis and Matt Austin of the Dorchester County Solicitor's office and the defendant was represented by James W. Smiley of Charleston.