Loris bandit sentenced in U.S. Court

The man arrested for a 2018 armed robbery in Loris has been sentenced to five years in a federal prison.

United States Attorney Peter M. McCoy, Jr., announced  that Fuquan Thompson, 52, of Loris, pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

On March 5, 2018, Thompson entered a store in Loris wearing a mask. He brandished a firearm, and demanded money and car keys, according to testimony.  

The store clerk gave Thompson some money and the keys to the clerk’s car, and Thompson fled the scene.  Investigating officers viewed Thompson on the store’s surveillance video, and found him a short distance from the store. Thompson had a firearm, as well as the car keys and money he had taken from the store when he was arrested.  Thompson ultimately pleaded guilty.

Chief United States District Judge R. Bryan Harwell sentenced Thompson to 60 months in federal prison, to be followed by a three-year term of court-ordered supervision.  There is no parole in the federal system.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Horry County Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Lauren Hummel of the Florence office prosecuted the case.

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