Man Who Fled From Stephens Co. Deputy in 2011 Pleads Guilty in S.C.

A South Carolina judge has sentenced a Hart County man who attacked and then escaped from a Stephens County Sheriff’s Office deputy last year in the South Carolina lowcountry to 30 years in prison.

38-year-old Perry Alton Sullivan of Bowersville pleaded guilty to 27 counts in an Allendale County, South Carolina courtroom earlier this week, according to the Allendale County Clerk of Court’s Office.

Those charges include escape, assault and battery, armed robbery, grand larceny, carjacking, burglary, pointing and presenting a firearm, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, taking a firearm from a law enforcement officer, and kidnapping.

On August 18, 2011, Sullivan was being transported back to Stephens County from South Carolina to face burglary charges here, when he faked an illness and overpowered the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office deputy that was transporting him, taking his handgun and escaping with the patrol car and weapon.

Authorities then say that Sullivan attempted a carjacking, stole a yard truck, burglarized a residence, stole a Ford Explorer, and robbed a convenience store, kidnapping three individuals in the process, before being captured a couple of days later in Colleton County, South Carolina.

Court officials report that Sullivan was eligible for hundreds of years in prison, but the judge in the case is allowing the sentences to be served concurrently, resulting in the 30-year sentence.