A Marine from the Metro East is dead and another is in custody after they tried to rob a drug dealer in South Carolina, police say.
Police say Jerrit J. Timberson, 20, a Marine who used to live in Fairview Heights, and Kelsey T. Dent, 18, a Marine formerly of Belleville, planned to rob a man during a marijuana deal in Beaufort, S.C., about 9:30 Friday night.
They pulled out fake pistols in an attempt to rob 21-year-old Kyle Lyttle of Beaufort, police say. But Lyttle, who was selling the marijuana, pulled out a real handgun and shot Timberson, police say.
Timberson died at a hospital in Beaufort.
A man believed to have shot and killed a Beaufort Marine who attempted to rob him was indicted Thursday on marijuana charges related to the case, however, no new charges were added, according to the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.
Karl Lyttle, 21, of Beaufort was indicted by a grand jury on charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana within close proximity of a school. However, he has not been charged with shooting 20-year-old Pfc. Jerrit Timberson of Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.
Three Marines, who have since been discharged from the Corps, and Timberson’s wife also were indicted Thursday, in connection with the alleged Nov. 23 armed robbery of Lyttle, a Solicitor’s Office news release said.
Pfc. Kelsey Dent, 19; Pfc. Brandi Hardy, 20; Pfc. Sierra Powers, 19; and Champagne White-Timberson, 19, Timberson’s wife, were all indicted Thursday on criminal conspiracy charges. Dent also was indicted on an armed robbery charge, according to the release.
On Nov. 23, Dent and Timberson attempted to rob Lyttle with fake guns during a marijuana deal in the Mossy Oaks neighborhood, authorities have said. They believe Lyttle pulled a real gun and shot Timberson, who later died.
Dent was arrested the night of the robbery attempt. Timberson’s wife was charged Nov. 25. Charges for Hardy and Powers followed Nov. 27. All four were charged with criminal conspiracy for planning the robbery attempt, arranging for Dent and Timberson to purchase marijuana from Lyttle and rob him with fake pistols during the deal, authorities have said.
Dent and Timberson were stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. Hardy and Powers were stationed at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.
The three charged Marines were “administratively separated” after the robbery attempt and received other than honorable discharges, according to public affairs officers at the bases. Marines who receive an other-than-honorable discharge are not eligible for post-service benefits, according to Corps’ regulations.