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      Man convicted in string of 39 armed robberies

      A North Charleston man has been convicted for his role in a string of armed robberies at 39 businesses throughout South Carolina, including Georgetown, according to U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles.

      Winard Montez Eady, 30, was convicted following a four-day jury trial in federal court. He was convicted of Conspiring to Commit Robbery and Possession of a Firearm. The conspiracy conviction carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. The firearm conviction carries a mandatory five-year consecutive term of imprisonment.

      Evidence presented during the trial established that Eady, along with two co-defendants, conspired to commit and committed the robberies between July 2009 and March 2011, according to Nettles.

      The robberies took place at Asian restaurants, check cashing businesses and loan businesses throughout Charleston County, but ranging as far as Georgetown.

      Co-defendants Raynard Montel Eady, 30, of North Charleston, who is W. Eady's twin brother, and Christopher Donnell Simmons, 34, of Wadmalaw testified at the trial.

      Nettles said R. Eady and Simmons had previously pled guilty to their roles in the robberies, each admitting to committing over 25 robberies. R. Eady is facing a mandatory minimum sentence of 80 years and Simmons a mandatory sentence of 32 years.

      Sentencing for all three men will come at a later date.