An Orangeburg man received a 10-year prison sentence for trying to kill five people at a birthday party.

Christopher C. Collingwood, 32, of 522 Hickory Hill Road, pleaded guilty to five counts of attempted murder on Nov. 8, 2018.

Circuit Judge Ed Dickson sentenced him to 10 years in prison last week. Collingwood was given credit for having already served 658 days at the Orangeburg County Detention Center.

Prosecutors dropped the charges of discharging a firearm into a dwelling and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

Collingwood showed up at a woman’s house on July 16, 2017 while she was having a birthday party for her boyfriend, according to an Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

The woman asked Collingwood to leave, but he wouldn’t, she said.

Collingwood and the woman’s boyfriend had a confrontation. That’s when Collingwood stabbed him.

Collingwood left the scene after the stabbing. The girlfriend of the stabbing victim called her sister, whose husband is a nurse.

Collingwood returned to the residence.

During his second visit, he demanded that a cooler and radio be returned.

He opened fire. One of the bullets struck the nurse.

Deputies charged him with attempted murder for firing at five of the party-goers.

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Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 17 years.

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