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Crouse man could face life in federal prison



Staff Writer


A Lincoln County man, set to appear in federal court Thursday, could spend life in prison for allegedly using a gun to rob a South Carolina bank last month.

According to the United States District Attorney’s Office in South Carolina, a federal grand jury in Greenville indicted 35-year-old Michael Shane Hardin of Crouse, on Feb. 14 on two-counts of armed bank robbery and carrying a firearm during a violent crime.

Hardin robbed the First Citizens Bank on W. Church St. in Cowpens, S.C., on Jan. 3, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office press release.

Lt. Tony Ivey, public information officer for Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office, said deputies attempted to stop the suspect’s vehicle following the robbery, but Hardin led officers on a 20-minute chase that covered nearly 50 miles.

The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office charged Hardin with failure to stop for a blue light and reckless driving. There were no injuries in the incident, Ivey said.

Hardin will appear in federal court Thursday for an arraignment, during which time a trial date will be set, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Asst. U.S. Attorney Jeanne Howard will be prosecuting the case, which has been investigated by the Spartanburg Public Safety Department, the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI.

Hardin additionally faces felony charges in Lincoln County for breaking and entering a place of worship, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. He also faces a misdemeanor charge for harboring a fugitive.

Authorities said that in August 2011, Hardin and Jonathon Webber Hight, 38, of Lincolnton, broke into the city’s New Providence Gospel Church after cutting the alarm system. They are accused of stealing $12,000 worth of electronics, a majority of which has been recovered.

Hardin is currently behind bars as a federal prisoner in the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center. He’s being held without bond.


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