14th Circuit Solicitor's Office​

Allendale, Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties​

Hampton County man who shot woman, her dog sentenced

An Estill man who shot a woman and her dog while stealing items from a parked vehicle and an outdoor freezer pleaded guilty this week at the Hampton County Courthouse.

Jamal Atkins, 19, of Lawton Avenue, pleaded guilty Monday to attempted murder, first-degree burglary, second-degree burglary, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and breaking into a motor vehicle. Circuit Court Judge Roger Young sentenced Atkins to 20 years in prison.

At around 10 p.m. Dec. 28, 2016, a Fourth Street resident attempted to let her dogs outside when she came upon a burglar stealing steaks and some loose change from a car. The woman and her dog were shot multiple times. Both continue to recover.

Assistant Solicitor Tameaka Legette prosecuted the case.