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      Florence man found guilty of several armed robberies

      Malcolm Melvin / Courtesy: FCSO

      Malcolm Robert Lee Melvin, 20, of Florence was found guilty Wednesday in a Florence federal court.

      Melvin was found guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, eight counts of Hobbs Act armed robbery, and eight counts of possession or use of a firearm during an act of violence. He will be sentenced at a later date.

      Evidence shows between June 22nd and June 28th, 2010, Melvin and his co-defendants robbed a eight convenience stores in Florence, Darlington, Calhoun, and Orangeburg Counties.

      Firearms used during the robberies included a 9mm pistol and a sawed off 12 gauge shotgun.

      The businesses affected included a BP gas station, two Cruizers gas stations, and an Exxon station in Florence County; a Sav-way and Markette stores in Darlington County; a Lil Cricket store in Calhoun County; and a Lil Cricket in Orangeburg County.

      Melvin faces a $250,000 fine and/or 20 years in prison for the conspiracy count and for each armed robbery count, 10 years for the first conviction and 25 years which will be mandatory consecutive for the remaining seven counts, totaling at least 205 years imprisonment.