A Holly Hill man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for firing into a cookout, killing a woman and injuring a man.
A jury deliberated for just over an hour on Friday before finding Treshawn Markeese Jenkins guilty of murder, attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.
Circuit Judge Ed Dickson sentenced Jenkins to 30 years for attempted murder and 45 years for murder. The two sentences will run concurrently.
For the weapons charge, Dickson sentenced him to a mandatory five-year sentence. This sentence must be served in addition to the 45-year sentence.
The jury determined that Jenkins, 24, of 818 Rush Street used an assault rifle when he shot and killed Jackqueline Wright and injured a man at a Craig Street residence in Eutawville on July 19, 2016.
Wright’s sister, Elizabeth Jamison, told the judge, “I really would like him to be off the streets.”
In her closing arguments, assistant solicitor Ashley Cornwell said Jenkins fired the assault rifle 25 times at a communal building where family cookouts were held. She said he was aiming for man he had a dispute with.
Mitchell Farley, who represented Jenkins, said in his closing arguments that the testimonies of the co-defendants weren’t credible.
Co-defendants Matthew Kamin Brown, 21 of 186 Bridgewater Drive; Frank Jemerrl Jarzman Smoot, 21, of 163 Altamese Drive, both of Holly Hill, and Dwendell Lamont High, 25, of 124 Bullrun Drive, Summerville are each facing charges of murder, attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.
On Tuesday, another co-defendant, Za’Quan Markel Taste, 20, of 160 Big Oaks Drive, Holly Hill, pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact of murder and assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.
Dickson sentenced him to 15 years in prison, suspended to five years of probation.
As part of the plea, Taste agreed to testify during Jenkins’ trial.
Taste was the driver of the vehicle that allegedly carried the five co-defendants to the Craig Street property where Wright and her family were having a cookout on that fateful day.
In Farley’s closing arguments, he urged the jury to read the newspaper in the upcoming weeks, “because those kids are going to plead guilty or their charges are going to be dropped.”
“The co-defendants have every reason to lie and I’m not afraid to say to you that those co-defendants got up there and lied to save their own skin,” he said.
“You can’t trust any of these people. You can’t trust a single one of them,” Farley said.
Jenkins has a prior conviction for trafficking cocaine in Florence County. He also has a pending charge of cruelty to children in Orangeburg County.