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N.C. man sentenced to 20 years for 2013 Memorial Day Weekend robbery

A North Carolina man was sentenced to 20 years in prison in connection to a burglary during the 2013 Memorial Day Weekend.
A North Carolina man was sentenced to 20 years in prison in connection to a burglary during the 2013 Memorial Day Weekend. The Sun News file photo

A North Carolina man was sentenced to 20 years in prison in connection to a burglary during the 2013 Memorial Day Weekend.

Dominique J. Garrison, of Wilmington, N.C., was convicted on first degree burglary and sentenced to 20 years by Fifteenth Circuit Court Judge Larry B. Hyman on Wednesday.

Garrison was one of five men charged in an incident at the Lazy G Motel in Myrtle Beach on May 27, 2013 around 3 a.m., according to a press release from the Fifteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

Police said Garrison and five others robbed 11 people at two different hotels. Five victims were robbed at gunpoint at the Sea Mist Hotel and six other victims were robbed at gunpoint at the Lazy G Motel.

The six people at the Lazy G Motel in Myrtle Beach told officers that early Monday morning, three men came into their unlocked motel room, pulled out three hand guns, and ordered them to get on the ground, according to a police report. Police said the two other men were waiting in the car.

The five victims at the Sea Mist Hotel told officers that at least two men entered their room through what they believed to be a locked door, turned on the lights and demanded their belongings, according to a police report. Victims told officers one of the suspects presented what they believed to be a semiautomatic handgun and pointed it at them, while another suspect stole their belongings.

The victims’ laptops, passports, cellphones and cash were stolen by the three men, police said.

The victims also told police the suspects discussed killing them since they had seen the faces of the suspects, according to the Solicitor’s Office.

Police received a description of Garrison’s vehicle and stopped it a short time later to find Garrison in the rear seat with his co-defendants, John Johnson and Derrick Bowser, police said. Stolen items were found in the car from the Lazy G Motel robbery along with a separate robbery from earlier that weekend, the Solicitor’s Office said.

Our Grand Strand News Alliance partner WPDE contributed to this story.

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