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Solicitor: Spartanburg Co. man to serve 5 life prison sentences for home invasion

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Donald Scott Robertson (Source: Solicitor Office) Donald Scott Robertson (Source: Solicitor Office)

Assistant Solicitor Spencer Smith said Donald Scott Robertson's "days of terrorizing the people of Spartanburg County are over."

The Solicitor's Office announced Wednesday that Robertson, 59, received 5 consecutive life prison sentences for breaking into a local home at gunpoint and forcing the homeowners to turn over jewelry and $4,100.

After a three-day jury trial, Robertson was found guilty of first-degree burglary, two counts of kidnapping, two counts of armed robbery, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and possession of a weapon by a violent felon at the conclusion of a three-day jury. He is not eligible for parole.

The Solicitor said the crime took place on June 17, 2016 when Robertson broke into a home on Cannons Campground Road and waited for the occupants to enter.

When a man and woman entered the front door, Robertson confronted the pair wearing a ski mask  and gloves. Armed with a pistol, Robertson forced the couple to sit on a couch while he robbed them of cash and took a watch from the woman. Then, the Solicitor said Robertson  made the victims drive to the SC Telco bank on Asheville Highway and forced the male victim to cash a check for $4,100.

When Robertson and the couple returned to the home on Cannons Campground Road, the couple seized a window of opportunity to slam the front door shut on Robertson and call 911.

The female victim worked with deputies to do a composite suspect sketch and was able to identify Robertson in a line-up.

Deputies learned during an investigation into the incident that Robertson and his girlfriend had rented a hotel room at Highway 9 hotel, hours after the robbery. When deputies interviewed Robertson's girlfriend, she gave them a gold watch given to her by Robertson after the robbery.

That watch matched the description of property stolen from the female victim during Robertson's crime spree. Bank surveillance also backed up statements given by the victims on the incident.

Robertson's prior criminal record included convictions for armed robbery, kidnapping and multiple burglaries.

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