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Tyshon Demontrea Johnson, 24, appeared in court on Thursday. He’s charged with murder, armed robbery and two counts of attempted murder.

A suspect in last month’s shooting death of a Santee man was released from prison earlier this year.

Tyshon Demontrea Johnson, 24, of 190 2nd Street, Bowman, is charged with murder, armed robbery and two counts of attempted murder.

He appeared before Orangeburg County Magistrate Peggy Doremus on Thursday afternoon for an arraignment.

The unemployed father of one child is currently on probation for a 2014 armed robbery.

He pleaded guilty on Oct. 26, 2016. Circuit Judge Ed Dickson sentenced him to 10 years in prison, suspended to four years of service and four years of probation.

Dickson gave him credit for having served 768 days at the Orangeburg County Detention Center.

He began serving probation on Feb. 1, 2017. His probation is scheduled to end Jan. 31, 2021.

The Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office also charged him with attempted murder in connection with an Aug. 24, 2011 shooting on Perry Street.

The U.S. Marshals Service taskforce arrested Johnson in Raleigh, N.C.

On Dec. 5, 2012, Johnson pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of first-degree assault and battery.

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Dickson sentenced him to four years in prison and gave him credit for time served.

Johnson is one of three people charged with killing 24-year-old Lamont Shuler and injuring two others last month at an Old Number Six Highway home.

Alphonso Fields, 27, and Laron Thomas, 25, both of Orangeburg, have each also been charged with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of armed robbery.

A Circuit Court judge may consider setting bond on them at a later date.

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Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 16 years.

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