After a four-day trial, a federal jury in Florence has convicted a Kingstree man on drug conspiracy and firearms charges.
George Edward Mitchum, age 27 of Kingstree, was convicted Friday by a federal jury in a case of retaliation against a law enforcement officer. During the trial, it was also established that Mitchum was a high-level drug dealer. Mitchum was arrested October 11, 2008, on drug charges. And on October 14, 2008, at 4:00 a.m. , Mitchum fired eight high-powered rifle rounds into the home of Williamsburg County Sergeant Vincent Staggers. The bullets ripped through the home of the Staggers family, which had a pink ribbon on the front door welcoming home a two-day old baby girl. Some of the bullets lodged in the bedroom walls of Staggers’ nine year-old son. Staggers, had just returned from a six-month tour of duty in Iraq with the National Guard.
Two days prior to the shooting, Staggers had served a drug trafficking warrant on Mitchum at the jail, which stemmed from an early morning arrest of Mitchum, who had c in his truck and resisted arrest. Mitchum faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years imprisonment with a maximum term of life.