How many of you have ever taken the time to research the folks arrested by our law enforcement officers? Probably not many. It takes time. We did it for you in this case and we think it will be a real eye opener into what happens after the arrest.
Steven Alonzo Small's adult criminal career began in Charleston County in 2002. Let's review the whole sordid saga.
Burglary 2nd Degree. Smalls escapes a felony conviction. The solicitors office and the judge let him plead to misdemeanor trespassing.
Pled guilty to Possession of Cocaine. This arrest came just a month-and-a-half after his burglary arrest.
As you can see, Smalls was sentenced under the Youthful Offender Act, which is designed to give young first time offenders a break. We wonder if he ever finished high school. Smalls got a huge break and walked free.
Now on to 2003. Just eight months after catching a break on the cocaine charge Smalls was arrested with a weapon. He was charged with unlawful possession by a person under 21 yoa and unlawful carrying. Both charges were dismissed in December of 2003 by the solicitor. Smalls walked free again.
While awaiting the ultimate disposition on the weapons charges Smalls was charged with a violation of his probation on the cocaine charge. There was no sentence listed. Smalls walked free.
Smalls apparently did not spend much time behind bars on the probation violation because less than a week later he was arrested for Breaking & Entering a Motor Vehicle. This case dragged on until 2006 when the solicitor finally opted to dismiss the charge. Smalls walked free.
2004. Smalls with charged with possession of marijuana in March. This is a magistrate level offense and apparently the officer decided not to prosecute the case. Smalls walked free.
Four days after the marijuana charge was nolle prossed, Smalls was arrested and charged with Trafficking Cocaine and Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute Near a School. He was also charged with another weapons offense - Possession of a Weapon During a Crime.
This case dragged on for two years until the solicitor decided not to prosecute the case in July of 2006. Smalls walked free.
2005. Nine months after the cocaine and weapon arrest Smalls was charged with Burglary 2nd Degree - again. For some strange reason it appears this case was not presented to the grand jury for two years. The solicitor dismissed the case because there was no indictment. This sounds like a major screw-up to us. Either way, Smalls walked free.
Four months later Smalls was charged with his second probation violation. We don't have a disposition on this.
We do know, however, he didn't spend much time in jail on that probation violation because he was arrested twelve days later for yet another charge of Burglary 2nd Degree. This charge was dismissed pretty damn quick. Six days after his arrest. Smalls walked free.
On to 2006. Smalls was arrested on August 11th and charged with the following offenses.
Possession With Intent to Distribute Cocaine 2nd offense
Possession With Intent to Distribute Cocaine Base (crack)
Possession With Intent to Distribute Cocaine within 1/2 mile of a school
Possession With Intent to Distribute Cocaine Base within 1/2 mile of a shool
Smalls plead guilty to 2nd offense cocaine distribution and the other three charges were dropped by the solicitor. As you can see below he was sentenced to five years in prison on May 23, 2007.
Probably as a result of this conviction he was charged with yet another probation violation in January of 2007.
There is an absence of records from 2007 through 2010, but Smalls was back on the streets in 2011. On 14 December he was arrested for Burglary 2nd Degree again. This charge is pending.
Now we ask you, dear citizens, should this predator be roaming our streets committing additional offenses with an arrest record like that? Who gets the blame? Obviously our law enforcement officers have been doing their jobs by locking him up every chance they get. There seems to be a breakdown in our historically short-handed and overworked Probation and Parole Department. The solicitors office and the judges who sign off on their decisions are the ones ultimately left holding the bag in cases like this. Do they even consider prior history when making decision to dismiss? Apparently not.
How long before Steven Alonzo Smalls is walking free again?