An Anderson, S.C., man said he was relieved but “still kind of bewildered” after charges were dismissed alleging he sold fake gold to a pawn shop, according to court documents.
Steven Ty Edmondson, 33, had two theft counts dismissed from a three-count indictment.
Edmondson was accused of taking fake gold bars in March 2015 to Double Deuce Pawn and Gun. Edmondson said this week he had purchased the gold a decade ago from a high school friend to be a form of savings.
Edmondson’s attorney Brock Johnson said his client entered a guilty plea Monday on one count of misdemeanor obstruction, for which he was sentenced to 12 months of probation.
He was also ordered to pay $920 in restitution to the pawn shop, which is the amount he was paid in 2015. Edmondson paid $500 in court this week and is working to pay the rest back.
Edmondson told The Times he had no problem paying it back and had no intent to defraud anyone when selling the gold.
He said he thought it would be a good time to turn the gold into cash.
Double Deuce shopowner Jesse Mowbray told The Times last year he believed the bars were plated and called authorities.
“I’m pleased that we were able to reach this resolution for Mr. Edmondson. Throughout my representation of Mr. Edmondson, he was adamant that he had no knowledge that the gold involved in this case was in any way illegitimate. I appreciate the District Attorney’s efforts to resolve this case and their consideration both of the interests of the owner of Double Deuce Pawn Shop as well as my client’s steadfast claim of innocence regarding the alleged theft,” Johnson said.
Edmondson said he never saw a test to prove whether the gold was illegitimate.