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McCrorey pleads guilty in two cases

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Charges include attempted murder, accessory to murder

By Chris Sardelli

A Lancaster man was sentenced to 15 years behind bars after he pleaded guilty last week to charges stemming from two different shootings in 2011. 

Shaun N. McCrorey, 20, 3022-D Northwest Apartments, pleaded guilty to robbery and attempted-murder charges in the July 27, 2011, shooting of a man at a Lancaster church, as well as accessory and weapon charges for the 2011 murder of a Kershaw man, according to a press release from 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield.

McCrorey was sentenced May 22 by Circuit Court Judge J. Ernest Kinard Jr. of Camden. 

Barfield said the first incident happened at 10:40 a.m. on July 27, 2011, as two men were praying at Centro Christiano Church, 1734 Bradburn Drive.  

When they entered the church, they noticed a man dressed in black on a bicycle in the parking lot. A few minutes later, the same man came inside, pointed a revolver at the men and demanded money, the release said.  

One of the victims threw his wallet onto the floor, though the robber then shot one of the victims in the cheek, the release said. The victim tried to grab the robber, but he ran away without taking either of the victims’ property.  

McCrorey pleaded guilty in the case to attempted armed robbery, attempted murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. He received concurrent sentences of 15 years each for the first two charges and time served for the firearm charge, Barfield said.

The second case involved the robbery and shooting death of Harry Edward Blakeney on a street near his Kershaw home in Kershaw on Sept. 21, 2011.

In that case, McCrorey pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact of armed robbery/murder and carrying a pistol, the release said. 

McCrorey is the third person to be sentenced in that case, following the sentencing of Jerel Lamar Davis Jr., and Heyward Rashard Truesdale earlier this month.

Davis pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and related charges and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Truesdale was found guilty by a jury on charges of murder, armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, and was also sentenced to 30 years in prison.  

According to a 2011 sheriff’s office release, Davis and Heyward Truesdale went to Blakeney’s home and robbed him. During the robbery, shots were fired, Blakeney was killed and another man, Douglas Lewis, was injured, the release said. 

Davis and Heyward Truesdale ran from the scene with money they stole from Blakeney. They then got into a car with a woman, Prayon Truesdale, and McCrorey, the release said.  

When deputies arrived at the scene, they found Blakeney shot to death in the middle of the road. 

A witness gave a description of their car and deputies tracked them down about 15 minutes later. All four were then arrested outside the S&G Mini Mart in Heath Springs.

In Barfield’s release, he said McCrorey wasn’t there when Blakeney was robbed and shot, but left the scene with the other men, hid the pistol used in the shooting in a coat in the getaway car and received some of the money stolen from Blakeney.  

McCrorey testified for the state in Truesdale’s trial last week, and was sentenced to 15 years in prison in the Kershaw shooting case. 

His sentences in the two cases will be served concurrently, the release said. 

Since McCrorey’s convictions include crimes classified as violent and most serious, he does not have the option of parole and must serve at least 85 percent of the sentence, Barfield said.

Barfield prosecuted the cases and Leah Moody of Rock Hill represented McCrorey.        

        

Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416