Man sentenced to 35 years in Lexington Co. murder
LEXINGTON, S.C. (WIS) - A man from Columbia has been sentenced to thirty-five years in prison for playing a role in a Lexington County murder in 2018.
According to officials, Correy T. Brown pled guilty to charges of murder and armed Robbery. Under South Carolina law, Brown is not eligible for parole after the shooting death of Brian Rogers at an apartment complex near Berryhill Road in the St. Andrews area.
On March 18, 2018, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a shooting in the parking lot area of Peachtree Place Apartments around 9 p.m. According to deputies, first responders found Rogers fatally injured.
The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department determined that multiple suspects with ties to a local gang had been in the area of Peachtree Place Apartments on the night of the shooting for the purpose of breaking into motor vehicles.
Investigators say Brown was a participant in theft activity from cars in the parking lot. The investigation revealed that Rogers was the victim of an attempted armed robbery prior to the shooting. Additional information led to the arrest of Brown, and two other co-defendants, in connection with the murder of Rogers, according to officials.
During sentencing, the prosecution noted Brown’s responsibility under the “hand of one is the hand of all” legal principle in South Carolina.
Brown pled guilty to the charge of armed robbery in connection to a car theft at another apartment complex in Cayce Nov. 19, 2019 around 6 a.m. According to the Cayce Police Department, Brown and a co-defendant were breaking into cars before committing the robbery where a victim was held at gunpoint.
Law enforcement says Brown, and others, were involved in the theft of guns from multiple vehicles in both Richland County and Lexington County.
Brown is a validated gang member and evidence found during the investigation confirmed that he was selling firearms to third parties via social media, according to officials.
This case was prosecuted by 11th Circuit Deputy Solicitor Suzanne Mayes and investigated by members of the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, Columbia Police Department, and City of Cayce Police Department.
Family members of Brian Rogers spoke at the sentencing hearing and shared memories of him as a beloved father, brother, and son.
Brown has been transported to the S.C. Department of Corrections and will immediately begin to serve his sentence.
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