A 52-year-old Myrtle Beach man, who armed himself with an African spear during a break-in, pleaded guilty Monday to a burglary charge and was sentenced to 17 years in prison.
Joseph Skinner pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary before Circuit Court Judge Benjamin H. Culbertson, who handed down his sentence, according to a news release from the 15th Circuit Judicial Solicitor’s Office.
The charge stems from a break-in reported Sept. 3, when the homeowner called Georgetown County Sheriff’s Deputies about an ongoing burglary at their Murrells Inlet house.
When authorities arrived, they discovered the homeowner had a man on the floor at gunpoint, the release states. The homeowner told deputies a motion sensor woke him up. The homeowner heard music coming from a nearby property and found Skinner inside a pool house holding an African spear, officials said.
The homeowner demanded Skinner get on the ground, but he refused and the homeowner kicked Skinner to the ground and held him at gunpoint until police got there, the release states.
Skinner also has a long criminal history of felonies, including two prior burglary charges.