LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A Lexington County man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the shooting of multiple vehicles along I-20 in 2016.
Brandon Coleman, 24, was sentenced following a plea to assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.
Coleman also received concurrent sentences of 10 years for two counts of discharging a firearm into a vehicle.
Under South Carolina law, this is a "no parole" offense.
Eleventh Circuit Solicitor Rick Hubbard said, “Crimes of this nature which threaten public safety must be dealt with severely. We are grateful to see justice served.”
On March 31st, 2016 Lexington County Sheriff’s Department responded to shots fired at vehicles reports along Interstate 20 around 2 a.m.
An investigation revealed three vehicles had been hit by gunfire.
A driver of a Honda Civic was hit directly by gunfire that entered through the windshield. The victim suffered a gunshot wound to the upper thigh area.
She was able to safely maneuver her car off the roadway and seek assistance.
She was treated at a local hospital for the leg injury.
The four additional occupants in her vehicle were uninjured.
The investigation also revealed that shots had been fired from an overpass into oncoming interstate traffic near the Quattlebaum Road area in Leesville.
According to investigators, the shootings appeared to be random.
Coleman and a co-defendant were arrested in connection to the shootings after an acquaintance notified law enforcement of their involvement.
A 9 mm Springfield pistol was recovered during the investigation and law enforcement determined that a total of thirteen rounds had been fired.
This case was prosecuted by Eleventh Circuit Senior Assistant Solicitor Rhonda Patterson and investigated by the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. Patterson stated, “The victims were extremely appreciative of the justice they received by today’s sentence. We are thankful this incident wasn’t even more tragic.”
Coleman was on probation at the time of this offense.
He will be transferred to S.C. Department of Corrections to begin serving his sentence immediate.