Another serial offender on probation has been sent back to jail to justify the salaries of the prosecutors and judges who will ultimately set him free again.
Demetrius Ervin Simmons was charged with Strong Arm Robbery as the result of a robbery at a convenience store in North Charleston. Simmons is no stranger to the “criminal justice system”. He will have a bond hearing later today and we certainly hope the bond judge takes into account the fact he was recently released from prison and is on probation. We also hope SCDPPPS folks are reading this and actually file a charge of violation of probation. We have seen too often lately where that is never done despite how many crimes these felons commit while on probation. Probation or parole in the state of South Carolina means nothing these days.
Simmons’ violent criminal history dates back to the 1990’s.
Assault & Battery With Intent to Kill - Dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor.
PWID Marijuana - Dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor.
PWID Near a School - Dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor.
Strong Arm Robbery - Dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor.
Possession of a Firearm During a Violent Crime - Plead guilty. Sentenced by Judge Daniel Martin to 5 years.
Assault & Battery With Intent to Kill - Plead guilty. Sentenced to 15 years.
2006 Charges (Berkeley County):
1st Degree Burglary - Reduced to 2nd Degree Burglary by the 9th Circuit Solicitor. Sentenced by Judge Michael Nettles to 10 years, suspended to 5 years and 5 years probation.
While out on bond on the 2006 burglary charge from Berkeley County, Simmons was charged in Charleston County with 2nd Degree Burglary. The 9th Circuit Solicitor decided to dismiss this charge because Simmons had been sentenced in Berkeley County. Lazy, lazy, lazy.
Why these repeat offenders are given deals and breaks by prosecutors and judges time and time again we will never understand. Given the current state of our system, we fully expect that any bond set will ultimately be lowered by some feel good judge and this repeat offender will go on to commit several more crimes before his case ever gets to court. IF it gets to court, that is.