Solicitor’s Office secures conviction against armed robber, shooter
A 22-year-old Beaufort man who fired a gun into a home with a 5-year-old child inside and later attempted to rob another man at gunpoint, has been sentenced to prison.
Jenkins received 10 years for firing a gun into an occupied mobile home and 11 years for strong arm robbery. The sentences are to be served concurrently.
Devon Jamahl Jenkins pleaded guilty Monday to strong arm robbery in General Sessions Court at the Beaufort County Courthouse.
Jenkins fired a gun several times at a Westgate Circle home on March 11, 2016. Several of the bullets struck the home and one entered a bedroom where a little boy was inside. No one was injured.
In a second incident on May 8, 2017, a man sitting in a parked in a car on Vanita Drive in Burton was held up at gunpoint and pistol whipped by a masked man. The victim was able to wrestle the gun away from the defendant push the gunman to the ground. The masked man charged the victim and the victim shot the defendant in the neck with the man’s own gun.
The victim drove to safety and called 911.
Assistant Solicitor Dustin Whetsel prosecuted the case. He is a member of the Solicitor’s Office’s community prosecution team and has been with the office since 2015.