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Wilson man tells feds he robbed SC bank, killed two employees

Posted August 24
Updated August 25

Brandon M. Council

— A Wilson man has admitted killing two South Carolina bank employees, telling FBI agents that he knew he was going to shoot someone, according to a federal court document.

Brandon Michael Council, 32, faces charges of armed bank robbery with a deadly weapon resulting in death and use, carry and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

The CresCom Bank branch at 1230 16th Ave. in Conway, S.C., was held up Monday afternoon, and branch manager Kathryn "Katie" Skeen, 36, of Green Sea, S.C., and Donna Major, 59, of Conway, were killed.

Bank security camera footage shows a man shoot a CresCom teller several times, jump over the bank counter and shoot another employee several times as she hid under a desk, according to an FBI affidavit to support the charges against Council.

Conway bank robbery

Almost $15,300 was taken in the robbery, and the robber fled in a Chrysler 200 belonging to one of the victims, the affidavit states. He also took the key fob for a Honda belonging to the other victim, according to the affidavit.

Investigators identified Council, who also was wanted in an Aug. 11 robbery of a BB&T branch in Wilson, as a person of interest in the robbery after a woman told authorities she had dropped him off at a Conway motel several days before the robbery.

Council was apprehended Wednesday after police got a tip that he was spotted in Greenville, and he admitted to investigators that he had robbed the South Carolina bank and had shot the two employees, according to the affidavit.

"Council told agents that he was desperate, he needed money and that he knew he was going to shoot someone," the affidavit states. "Council told agents that he had watched a movie called 'Get Rich or Die Tryin'.' Council stated that he did not deserve to live."

The 2005 movie starred rapper 50 Cent as a man who tries to leave his life in the drug trade for a music career.


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  • James Dodson Aug 25, 11:56 a.m.
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    You're right, it never is when the shoe is on the other foot. It's only relevant when you're trying to paint this picture of the racist white man. Try looking up the homicide statistics provided by the FBI which breaks it down by race and you'll see a white person is much more likely to die at the hands of black person than the other way around, "but that's none of my business" Kermit the frog while sipping iced tea.

  • Jason Merrill Aug 25, 11:01 a.m.
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    So we have a confession, an expressed wish to die, and no ambiguity. This should hit trial, verdict and carriage of sentence in a month or less. No extra money, billed to taxpayers, wasted on appeals. When the judge bangs the gavel take the trash to the death chamber and carry out justice. Period end of story.

  • Arthur Raleigh Aug 25, 6:51 a.m.
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    because it is not relevant!

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  • James Dodson Aug 25, 12:24 a.m.
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    Why is it that WRAL doesn't show pictures of the victims or at least acknowledge their race? Is it because it doesn't fit your narrative as a news outlet? A black man killing two innocent white women isn't what you want the public to know. You'd rather focus your attention on removing monuments and not have inconvenient truths muddy the water for your narrative. If this were a white cop shooting a black criminal this would be held in a totally different light. I'm so sick and tired of the left cherry picking news or half reporting the news.

  • Joe Eastland Aug 24, 10:49 p.m.
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    "Stated he did not deserve to live"...that we agree on.

  • Douglas Roberts Aug 24, 9:47 p.m.
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    if you feel you need to get off the planet , don't kick others off before you. Venture by yourself

  • Lauren Little Aug 24, 9:32 p.m.
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    Death row, no plea deal.

  • Janet Ghumri Aug 24, 7:40 p.m.
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    by admitting to the murders, he should at least save the taxpayers some in legal fees. It's the only thing he has done right, from what I can tell from the story. RIP to the bank employees who's only crime was going to work that day

  • Jeffrey Derry Aug 24, 6:16 p.m.
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    If guilty death row