St. Helena Island man sentenced to 14 years in shooting
BEAUFORT – A St. Helena Island man scheduled to go to trial Monday morning in a 2014 shooting, instead pleaded guilty to all charges before a jury could be seated.
Lewis Melvin Johnson, 24, pleaded guilty to attempted murder and possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a violent crime. He was sentenced to 14 years in prison.
Johnson pointed and fired a gun twice at William Holmes while Holmes was inside a Seaside Road home. Johnson shot at Holmes following a disagreement over a stolen television. Holmes was not hit.
“On July 24, 2014, Lewis Johnson shot into a home without any concern of who was present,” said the prosecutor, Assistant Solicitor Julie Kate Keeney. “Johnson’s actions that day were extremely dangerous and showed a complete disregard for the safety of others.”
The sentence was handed down by Circuit Court Judge Perry Gravely.