Transporting a live wild hog can land you in jail for six months or a $1,000 fine. The charge is not usually an issue for most people, but Daniel Alan Palmer, 22, of Aiken did just that and will end-up paying $500 in fines and court costs and $1,000 in restitution.


Palmer pleaded guilty to the crime Monday at the Aiken County Courthouse and accepted his negotiated fine. According to Senior Assistant Solicitor Bill Weeks, Palmer and a conspirator saw hogs in a seeded wheat field on Young Swamp Road in Beech Island. The pair managed to get into the field with a Ford F-150 truck and then capture the animals. The truck became stuck when they exited the field and were spotted. The restitution will go to the farmer whose field was destroyed by the attempts to catch the hogs.


Palmer has other pending wildlife charges in magistrate.


“I don’t know what the ultimate end of the hog was going to be – probably a barbecue,” Weeks speculated, when talking with Judge Doyet “Jack” Early after the plea hearing.


Lighter sentence given to pregnant mother

A Columbia woman seemingly avoided a significant prison term because she is pregnant with her seventh child.


Tyrese Hightower, 31, of Columbia pleaded guilty to an enhanced shoplifting charge which could have seen her jailed for up to a decade. However, she received a 90-day prison term and five years probation.


“The only reason you’re not going to jail for about 5 years is because you are pregnant,” Early said.


Hightower has a substantial record of shoplifting. She has been convicted of the crime five times in the last six years. The most recent charges relate to a 2011 offense where she stuffed health and beauty items in the box of another product at a North Augusta store. The box, from a child’s carseat or a vacuum cleaner, was filled and then the defendant paid for the one item before leaving the store.