Lexington, SC - Charlie Don Robinson, III, age 26, received a sentence of forty (40) years in prison earlier today following his guilty plea to Murder in the shooting death of Robert William All, Jr., age 22. This senseless killing occurred on July 11, of last year. Robinson was facing a possible sentence of life in prison. Circuit Court Judge Walton J. McLeod, IV, imposed a sentence of 40 years during the sentencing hearing this morning in Lexington County. Under South Carolina law, a person sentenced for Murder is not eligible for parole.
Eleventh Circuit Solicitor Rick Hubbard stated, “This was a senseless killing and robbery that took place here in Lexington County. The hard work of law enforcement resulted in the quick apprehension of this defendant and the swift resolution of this case.”
On July 11, 2018, Robinson planned to steal a 2018 Nissan Altima that the victim, Robert All, Jr., had borrowed from a friend. Robinson and All were acquaintances. Prior to the shooting, Robinson asked All for a ride and they ended up on Toole Smith Road in the Swansea area of the county. At some point, Robinson ordered the victim out of the car at gunpoint after striking him in the head with the gun. After All got out the car, Robinson shot him in the back multiple times. Robinson ultimately fired the fatal shot in the back of the victim’s head.
Robinson went through the victim’s pockets, removing his key fob to the car and his wallet and cell phone. Residents reported hearing the gunshots and called 911 after locating the All's dead body.
During the course of the investigation, law enforcement spotted the stolen vehicle and pursued it. Robinson was identified as the driver of the vehicle by several witnesses. He abandoned the vehicle and fled from law enforcement.
Robinson was arrested on July 13, 2018, and he ultimately confessed to the murder. He admitted to stealing the victim’s vehicle at gunpoint and ultimately shooting him. Robinson told law enforcement where the murder weapon was located and it was found there. An autopsy revealed that the victim suffered a total of four (4) gunshot wounds.
During the sentencing hearing, the victim’s mother prepared a statement for Judge McLeod. In the statement, she expressed:
“I will never be able to walk out my front door again and not see the coroner there telling me my son is deceased.”
“Robert would have done anything for anybody and it’s left a huge hole in our family. I just wish I could see my son again, but I can’t.”
Robert All, Jr. was the father of a four year old son. The child’s mother addressed the Judge during sentencing. She said, “Because of choices this person made, I have to explain to our son why his dad couldn’t be at his birthday this month.”
Robert’s father also spoke to the court. He told everyone, “The person I gave my whole name to was taken too early and not by an act of God, but by somebody." he also said, “I don’t get to see my son ever again. He doesn’t get to come to my house anymore and say ‘hey dad, come look at my truck. There might be something wrong with it.’”
Robinson has prior criminal convictions for manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine along with a weapons charge.
This case was prosecuted by Eleventh Circuit Assistant Solicitor Sutania A. Fuller. The investigation was conducted by Detective James Pratt of the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department.
Robinson will be transported to the South Carolina Department of Corrections to begin serving his sentence.