Garden City Beach man sentenced to year in prison in thefts; assault, kidnapping charges dismissed

troot@thesunnews.comNovember 8, 2012 

A Garden City Beach man accused of threatening a couple with a knife in a Murrells Inlet home earlier this year has had those charges dismissed after he pleaded guilty to offenses in an unrelated incident and was sentenced to a year in jail, according to court records.

Timothy Shane Doyle, 32, pleaded guilty to financial transaction card theft and breaking into a motor vehicle or tanks, pumps where fuel, lubricants are stored and was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Larry Hyman to a year in prison on each charge. The sentences will run concurrently on the charges that were filed against Doyle in January.

Doyle must pay court costs and was given credit for the time he has served since being jailed on May 19 for an unrelated incident.

In that incident, authorities dismissed the following charges: two counts of second-degree assault and battery, two counts of kidnapping and two counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, according to court records.

Horry County police arrested Doyle on those charges after being called May 19 to 9745 Kings Grant Drive where a 31-year-old Surfside Beach woman told officers that she and a 42-year-old Murrells Inlet man were partying with Doyle at the home when he “flipped out.”

The woman said she argued with Doyle and he hit her in the back of the head with something, according to a police report. The man told police Doyle came into the bedroom and pushed the woman, which caused her to hit her head on the corner of a wooden dresser.

The couple said Doyle ordered them to sit on the bed, pointed a razor blade knife and them and told them they could not leave, according to the report. The victims said Doyle told them he was facing several criminal charges and had no choice but to kill them.

Doyle told officers that the woman tried to choke him and he pushed her, which caused the injury to her head, according to the report. Doyle told officers he had a knife, but was not threatening the couple.

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723.

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