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Man admits guilt in Myrtle Beach business robberies, given 18-year prison sentence

A Greenville man facing multiple armed robbery charges in Myrtle Beach has pleaded guilty to two counts and was ordered to serve 18 years in prison, according to court records.

Bernard Foster, 39, pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of armed robbery that stemmed from a string of robberies last summer in Myrtle Beach where several motels and a check cashing businesses were robbed.

Circuit Court Judge Michael Baxley sentenced Foster to 18 years in prison on each charge and the sentences will run concurrently, records show. Baxley gave Foster credit for the time he’s served since being arrested on Aug. 10. Foster also was ordered to pay court costs.

Charges are pending against Geri Elizabeth Hamilton, 44, of Simpsonville, who also was arrested with Foster on the same charges.

The couple were each indicted on a charge of armed robbery related to an Aug. 10 robbery at the Budget Inn in the unincorporated area of Horry County, according to the indictments from November.

Each was indicted last month on nine kidnapping charges and six armed robbery charges related to robberies in July and August, according to court records.

The crimes the two are accused of include the July 27 robbery of the Sea Palms Motel; the July 31 robbery of a Check Into Cash; the Aug. 4 robbery of the Holiday Shores; the Aug. 5 robbery of the Sun Fun Motel; and the Aug. 9 robbery of the Boardwalk Beach Resort, according to the indictments.

Police arrested the couple on Aug. 12 after they were stopped on unrelated traffic charges. Hamilton also faces charges of turning unlawfully and disregarding a stop sign.

In the robberies, a man armed with a gun demanded money from the clerk or employee, police said. At the motels, the man first inquired about getting a room.

Hamilton is being held at J. Reuben Long Detention Center on $240,000 bond.