Maryland man gets 45 years in S Carolina robbery

August 13, 2018

SALUDA, S.C. (AP) — A Maryland man who was recruited to help with the robbery of a South Carolina couple has been sentenced to 45 years in prison.

Citing an Eleventh Circuit Solicitor’s Office release, news outlets report 29-year-old Robert Goodwin, Jr. pleaded guilty Aug. 8 to charges including kidnapping.

The release says jewelry store owners Lynda and Danny Tidwell were tied up and held at gunpoint for hours during the 2017 robbery. They eventually freed themselves and called authorities.

It says Goodwin’s nephew and co-defendant, 40-year-old Abin Lee Lowman, was convicted in June of charges including armed robbery and sentenced to life without parole. It says Lowman plotted the robbery and recruited Goodwin, James Wilson and Joshua Darien from Maryland to help.

Each has pleaded guilty in federal court. Wilson and Darien have pending state charges.

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