The man described as the founder of one of Anderson County’s largest criminal street gangs impressed a judge during a hearing Friday. Judge Dan Sharp ruled that there is probable cause to move ahead with the armed robbery and burglary charges against Jesse Lee Oliver III. Jesse Lee Oliver III But Sharp also praised Oliver for asking “lucid and intelligent” questions of a detective during a preliminary hearing. Oliver represented himself at the hearing. Law enforcement officials say that Oliver, 21, is the founder of the Brick City Boys. The charges against Oliver stem from a June 10, 2010, home invasion at 100 Wedgefield Court in Anderson, sheriff’s detective Rob Gebing testified Friday. Gebing said an armed group of four men stole about $400 in cash, some of which was counterfeit, and a cell phone from the home’s occupants. One member of the group, a 15-year-old juvenile, later implicated Oliver in the crime, Gebing said. Investigators also spoke with a juvenile witness who saw Oliver and one of his accomplices counting the money taken during the home invasion on the day after the crime, Gebing said. Oliver is being held without bail at the Anderson County Detention Center, a jail spokesman said Friday. Court records show that Oliver pleaded guilty on Sept. 15, 2010, to seven different charges that included assault, attempted robbery, lynching and a pair of drug offenses. Oliver was classified as a youthful offender and sentenced to serve not more than six years in prison, according to a clerk of courts spokeswoman.
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