BEAUFORT, SC (Wednesday, November 17, 2021) – A Jasper County man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to multiple drug and gun charges.
Kyron Dejuanna Shaw, 35, of Ridgeland pleaded guilty as indicted to second-offense possession of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, unlawful carrying of a pistol and possession of a firearm by a violent felon.
The charges stemmed from separate incidents in Jasper County, one in 2018 and one in 2020.
“Mr. Shaw has a long history of drug offenses and has given no indication he intends to turn away from his criminal behavior,” said 14th Circuit Assistant Solicitor Trasi Campbell, who prosecuted the case. “This sentence removes a menace from the community.”
Shaw’s criminal history includes a 2006 conviction for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, for which he was given a five-year sentence. In 2011, he was convicted again of trafficking cocaine and sentenced to six years in prison.
Shortly after his release from the second prison term, Shaw was pulled over while driving a vehicle that had been reported stolen. Jasper County Sheriff’s Office deputies discovered a .40-caliber Glock handgun illegally stowed under the driver’s seat. Shaw’s previous trafficking conviction also made it illegal for him to possess a firearm.
In 2020, while out on bond for those charges, Shaw was a passenger in a vehicle suspected to be on its way to a drug transaction. Deputies found 2.38 ounces of crack cocaine and 1.95 ounces of heroin in Shaw’s possession. His admission that the drugs belonged to him was captured by an officer’s body camera.
Shaw entered his plea before Circuit Court Judge Carmen T. Mullen at the Beaufort County Courthouse, during a term of General Sessions Court there. She sentenced him to time served for the unlawful carry charge, five years for the gun possession charge and 10 years for each of the drug charges. The sentences are to be served concurrently.
Campbell is a member of the Solicitor’s Office Career Criminal Unit, which prosecutes the circuit’s most violence and habitual offenders. That team has secured convictions against 397 of the 415 defendants it has prosecuted since its inception in 2009.