Federal grand jury indicts Tabor City prison guard

Federal grand jury indicts Tabor City prison guard

TABOR CITY, NC (WECT) - A federal grand jury in South Carolina indicted a prison guard with the Tabor Correctional Institution Tuesday in connection to a plot to rob and behead a business owner in Myrtle Beach, according to court documents.

Agents with the FBI arrested David Lawrence Wallace, Jr. last month at the Tabor City Prison, where prison officials confirm Wallace worked as a guard.

According to a criminal complaint, the FBI received a tip in September that Wallace approached a fellow Army reservist at a drill and wanted him to participate in robbing an armored car facility in Myrtle Beach sometime around Halloween or early 2015.

The complaint says that Wallace was a former employee of the facility in Myrtle Beach, Garda Cash and Logistics, and had knowledge of how the business operated.

According to the criminal complaint, Wallace told the reservist there would be $30 million in the armored car building and that it would be lightly guarded on the weekends.

The criminal complaint explains part of the plan included killing the owner or manager of the company, by possibly beheading him and his wife to make it look like an act of terrorism.

It is revealed in the complaint that the FBI has recorded conversations in which Wallace talked about committing other home invasions to acquire weapons for the heist. In a separate recording, Wallace said he would not be going to prison and the action would be death by cop.

Wallace is charged with one count of solicitation to commit Hobbs Act armed robbery. If convicted, he could get ten years in prison.

Wallace is in the Darlington County Prison Facility pending trial.

Prison officials with the state of North Carolina confirm that Wallace has been on personal leave since his arrest on November 17.

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