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Two Trials took place this week in Lexington County

Lexington, SC - This week, in Lexington County, the Solicitor’s Office ran two criminal courts with two

visiting Circuit Court Judges. While one courtroom handled nearly 100 matters, the other

courtroom conducted two separate, unrelated trials. Please find below details regarding

both of these trials.

Pelion Woman Convicted of Trafficking Methamphetamine sentenced to 29 Years in Prison

Victoria Ann Gregorio, age 59, was convicted on Tuesday, October 24, 2023, by a Lexington

County jury for Trafficking Methamphetamine, 3 rd Offense. Circuit Court Judge Maite

Murphy presided over the trial and sentenced Gregorio to twenty-nine (29) years in the

South Carolina Department of Corrections. Under South Carolina Law, Gregorio is not

eligible for parole.

On April 8, 2022, Investigators with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics

Enforcement (“NET”) Team conducted a traffic stop of a blue Nissan in the West Columbia

area of Lexington County. Law enforcement located Gregorio in the rear of the vehicle

along with the driver and a young child sitting in the front passenger seat. After a brief

conversation with Gregorio, investigators conducted a search of the vehicle. The search

revealed over 50 grams of Methamphetamine, much of which was already packaged for

sale, near where Gregorio was seated. Investigators found drug paraphernalia, more drug

packaging material, and a credit card statement belonging to Gregorio in a large purse on

the floor board where the young child was sitting. After attempting to hide her involvement

and mislead investigators, Gregorio eventually admitted to her knowledge of the drugs

found in the vehicle.   

Gregorio has prior convictions for drug offenses in South Carolina and North Carolina,

including possession with intent to distribute. At the time of her conviction, Gregorio was

on probation for other drug offenses.

Assistant Solicitors Jordan Cox and Bruce Norton prosecuted this case on behalf of the

Eleventh Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

Columbia Man Conviction of Financial Identity Fraud sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

Akeem Davon Hampton, aged 38, was convicted on Thursday, October 26, 2023, by a

Lexington County jury for Financial Identity Fraud. Circuit Court Judge Maite Murphy

presided over the trial and sentenced Hampton to ten (10) years in the South Carolina

Department of Corrections.

On September 13, 2021, Hampton deposited a forged check into his personal Navy Federal

Credit Union Account. The check, written in the amount of $10,000.00, was written by the

victim to pay his tax bill and placed into his mailbox that afternoon. The victim was notified

by his bank the next morning that the check had cleared. The check was discovered to have

been made out to Akeem Hampton and the victim did not know him.

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department was able to confirm that the check had been

deposited into Hampton’s bank account utilizing his mobile banking application. The victim

had a carbon copy of his original check from his checkbook and law enforcement was able

to determine that the original check was washed and deposited within a couple of hours of

Hampton placing the check in his mailbox. During the course of the investigation, Hampton

gave conflicting stories to investigators about how he came into possession of the check,

but confirmed he deposited the money into his account.

Hampton’s prior criminal record includes convictions for shoplifting, financial transaction

card thefts, financial transaction card frauds, forgeries, drugs, giving false information to

police, and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Assistant Solicitors Kyle E. Smith and Whitney Y. Taylor prosecuted this case on behalf of

the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office. At sentencing, Assistant Solicitor Smith noted

Hampton’s history of defrauding other individuals and requested the Court impose a prison sentence.


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