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Little River man gets 25 years in prison for armed robbery, attempted rape

A 48-year-old Little River man pleaded guilty to charges he broke into a home, robbed and tried to sexually assault a woman inside it, according to Assistant Solicitor Candice A. Lively with the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

Deeane Richard Smith, 48, pleaded guilty Wednesday to first-degree burglary, armed robbery, kidnapping and first-degree assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct, Lively said. Smith was set to be tried on the charges this week in Conway.

Circuit Court Judge Steven A. John sentenced Smith to 25 years on the charges, Lively said. The offenses are classified as violent and most serious crimes, which will require Smith to serve no less than 85 percent of his sentence before he will be eligible for parole.

Horry County police arrested Smith in June 2009 following the incident at a woman's home located on S.C. 57. The woman came home at 10:40 p.m., Smith showed a gun and demanded her money, police said.

Smith took the woman's money then tried to sexually assault her, police said. The woman told Smith there were other family members in the home, so he left. She recognized Smith's voice and called police to report the incident.

Officers arrested Smith and recovered the money he stole from the woman.