Man sentenced for 2012 Honea Path birthday party shooting - FOX Carolina 21

Man sentenced for 2012 Honea Path birthday party shooting

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ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A 20-year-old man was found guilty by an Anderson County jury on Wednesday on four counts of attempted murder for a birthday party shooting in 2012.

Judge Lawton McIntosh sentenced Devon Shermayne Thomas to 10 years in prison on each count attempted murder and three years suspended to five years probation on four counts of pointing and presenting a firearm that would follow his incarceration.

The shooting happened at a Sweet 16 birthday party at the Honea Path Shrine Club on March 25, 2012. A fight erupted during the party and went into the parking lot where shots were fired, according to the solicitor. 

One victim was shot in the leg.

"Devon Thomas was violently reckless in his actions and it is clear from the evidence that he intended to shoot and fatally injure the victims," said solicitor Chrissy Adams.

"Firing a weapon in the manner that he did is a serious crime and comes with serious consequences. I hope that today's verdict and sentence sends a message to others in the community that gun violence is never the answer, and if you fire a gun at someone we will vigorously work to ensure you are sent to prison," Adams said.

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