A 16-year-old Beaufort boy was sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday after being convicted of two counts of attempted murder in connection with a 2011 shooting at a Beaufort apartment complex, according to a news release today from the 14th Circuit Solicitor's Office.
Following a two-day trial, jurors found Mykel Johnson guilty of shooting at a man and his pregnant wife as they drove out of Cross Creek Apartments, 325 Ambrose Run, on the afternoon of Oct. 28. The wife called 911 after the car was hit several times, including one round that was found lodged in the driver's side headrest. Neither the man nor his wife, a Marine, was injured.
Shortly after the incident, Beaufort police officers executed a search warrant at Johnson's home. They didn't locate him, but did find ammunition, gun oil and marijuana in his bedroom. On Nov. 8, agents with the U.S. Marshals Service located Johnson hiding out in a trailer in Yemassee.
"For most people, we can't say when childhood ends," said assistant solicitor Jeffrey Stephens, who prosecuted the case, "but it is clear when it ended for Mykel Johnson. It ended when he armed himself with a handgun and when he made the decision to fire that handgun at the victims. These were the decisions of a cold and calculating adult mind."
Evidence suggested Johnson had been selling drugs in the neighborhood. He has a juvenile record that includes a 2011 conviction for resisting arrest and a 2010 conviction for minor in possession of a handgun.
Judge Carmen T. Mullen handed down Wednesday's sentence. By law, Johnson must serve at least 85 percent of the 15-year sentence.