Victims of a 2019 bank robbery in Forest Acres told a court on Monday of the trauma they suffered three years ago while being held at gunpoint.

Six South Carolina Federal Credit Union employees on Forest Drive were threatened with giving $10,000 to two thieves in February 2019, before police opened fire on the getaway car as it tried to flee the parking lot .

On Monday, Samuel Neathery pleaded guilty to armed robbery and six counts of kidnapping, one for each credit union employee he and a co-defendant encountered inside the building during a robbery of approximately eight minutes.

“These people will never forget,” prosecutor Dan Goldberg said in a statement on behalf of credit union employees. “These people never forget being lined up with a gun to the temple or the back of the head while being robbed. They will never forget the fear and uncertainty of whether they or their colleagues would live or die.

The fund requested that in rendering his decision on the sentence, Judge Jean Toal place “weight on the six people whose lives were forever changed by the perpetrator’s actions.

Neathery was sentenced to 29 years, with credit for the three years he served at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center in Richland County since his arrest.

Neathery fled out the back of the Forest Drive credit union as his accomplice tried to evade police in the car park, crashing his car after being shot in the arm. Daisy Feliberty still faces charges in the case, according to court records.

Investigators later tracked Neathery to a motel in his native Florida, where he was arrested more than two weeks after the robbery.

Several employees needed counseling and time off following the theft. Some asked to be transferred to other locations because they did not want to return to the same place where they had been threatened, Goldberg said, while others quit their jobs and completely changed careers after the hold. -up.

“Unfortunately, that has been their reality,” Goldberg said in his statement. “The loss to focus on is the loss of their peace of mind.”

Bristow Marchant covers local government, schools and the Lexington County community for the state. He graduated from the College of Charleston in 2007. He has over 10 years of experience covering South Carolina at the Clinton Chronicle, Sumter Item and Rock Hill Herald. He joined The State in 2016. Bristow won the 2015 SC Press Association Award for Best Series and was part of The State’s award-winning 2016 election coverage.
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