Leesville man sentenced to 8-years for crime spree
Lexington, SC - Norman Benjamin Walker, Jr., a 24 year old Leesville man, was sentenced last week in Lexington County to eight (8) years in prison for going on a crime spree throughout the County for nearly a year and a half. Walker pled guilty to the following crimes: a Strong Arm Robbery, Burglary Second Degree – Violent, Assault and Battery 1st Degree, two counts of Grand Larceny, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Criminal Conspiracy, and Failure to stop for a Blue Light. The sentence was handed down by Circuit Court Judge Walton J. McLeod, IV.
Walker began his crime spree in September of 2016 and continued through January of 2018. Throughout this time period, Walker was involved in a robbery of a man of his personal items. He also was part of a group that burglarized a family’s farmhouse resulting in the loss of thousands of dollars of property including guns and four-wheelers. Walker also stole several vehicles in separate incidents.
On January 16, 2018, officers with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department encountered Walker while investigating a stolen vehicle report. The encounter led to a vehicular pursuit in which Walker made hand gestures out his window to law enforcement officers before reversing and intentionally striking the pursuing police cruiser. Walker attempted to flee on foot and was apprehended by a K-9 deputy. Detectives were able to tie Walker to numerous property crimes across the county.
Eleventh Circuit Assistant Solicitor Lucas Pincelli handled the prosecution of this case. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department worked extremely hard to bring Walker to justice and assisted in prosecution of all of his charges.