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Solicitor's office: Gaffney man to serve 35 years for shooting stranger during carjacking

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Michael Brandon Covington. (CCSO) Michael Brandon Covington. (CCSO)
GAFFNEY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A Gaffney man was sentenced to 35 years behind bars for shooting a stranger during a carjacking, per Spartanburg County Solicitor Spokesman Murray Glenn.

Glenn said 26-year-old Michael Brandon Covington pleaded guilty to the following:

  • attempted murder
  • carjacking with great bodily injury
  • kidnapping
  •  possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime

Covington was involved in a carjacking that occurring on October of 2015 at a convenience store on West Floyd Baker Boulevard, Glenn said. A woman reported that Covington got into her car and displayed a weapon before ordering her to drive away from the business, he continues.

The woman complied with his instruction and minutes later he instructed her to pull over so he could drive, said Glenn. Covington drove the car for a short distance before getting out.

Glenn says the woman then shot Covington in the back with a handgun she retrieved from her purse and Covington fired multiple gunshots into the car when the woman moved into the driver’s seat and attempted to flee.

The gunfire struck the woman in her forearm, causing the loss of nearly four pints of blood, Glenn continued. Deputies found her at the intersection of Ellis Ferry Road and School Road and she was taken to a local hospital to be treated.

Covington fled to Mississippi where he was arrested days later, Glenn said. Convictions for second degree burglary, drug offenses and violation of parole are included in his criminal history.

Previous coverage: Gaffney man accused of carjacking, shooting woman in October arrested in Mississippi, returned to Upstate

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