June 24, 2015
(ANDERSON, SC). An Anderson County jury convicted Jeremiah Johnson today of multiple charges for an incident that took place in Anderson County in July of 2012. The Honorable Scott Sprouse sentenced Johnson to 30 years for Murder and 10 years for Armed robbery to be served consecutively, with 20 years for Kidnapping and 5 years for Possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime which are to be served concurrently.
Chandrakant (C.J.) Patel was last seen around 6 p.m. on July 1st, 2012, leaving the Exxon station a short distance from I85 on Clemson Boulevard. He and his family managed the station. He told one of the workers he would be back but he never returned. Mr. Patel’s car was found abandoned in Fair Play on July 3rd. His body was found July 11th in a wooded area off U.S. 29 a few miles from the Georgia state line. An investigation by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office resulted in the arrest of Jeremiah Johnson and three others. Johnson gave a full account of the events in a statement to law enforcement.