Iquill Wayne Morrison, 22, of Laurens, pled guilty on February 28, 2017, to committing an armed robbery and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime.
Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that on August 25, 2016, Morrison entered the Drug-Lo Pharmacy located in Laurens brandishing a firearm and demanding money. Morrison pointed the gun at employees, robbed the store of approximately $305, and then fled on foot.
Officers responded quickly and found Morrison hiding nearby in the woods. After the arrest, Morrison confessed to the armed robbery. Morrison showed officers where he disposed of the firearm and a backpack after the robbery. The recovered firearm Morrison used in the robbery was a loaded .38 caliber revolver.
The Laurens Police Department, the Laurens County Sheriff's Office, the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), and agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) investigated the case. Assistant United States Attorney Max Cauthen in the Greenville U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecuted the case.