An Horry County jury convicted a 22-year-old Lumberton, N.C., man on a drug charge, and he was sentenced to 25 years in prison, according to court records.
Brett Locklear was found guilty of trafficking cocaine of more than 100 grams but less than 200 grams, according to the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.
Circuit Court Judge William Seals sentenced Locklear to 25 years in prison.
On Friday, family and friends of Locklear protested his sentence outside the Horry County Government and Justice Center, according to his mother, Christine Locklear.
She said a juror had prior knowledge of the case and the woman was not removed from serving, which likely tainted the jury pool.
“The judge should have dismissed the case and brought it back for a retrial,” Christine Locklear said. “Everybody is due fairness. We’re just seeking fairness.”
A group of about 10 people stood outside the building with signs protesting the verdict and sentence, and the case will be appealed, she said.
“The sentence doesn’t warrant the crime. A young boy with no criminal history shouldn’t be facing 25 years in maximum prison with ax murderers,” Christine Locklear said. “We’re all capable of committing a crime. I’m not making excuses for what he did. I’m just saying the time doesn’t fit the crime.”