A 34-year-old Burton man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for shooting a man in the parking lot of a Laurel Bay grocery store.
Charles Green Jr. of Murray Drive was convicted Wednesday after a two-day jury trial of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, possession of a weapon during commission of a violent crime, and possession of a weapon by a violent felon.
Green gave $40 to two neighbors April 6, 2011, and they walked to a grocery store on Shanklin Road, where they were accosted by Green, who had driven after them, according to the 14th Circuit Solicitor's Office. Green demanded his money back, and the men returned it. Surveillance video shows Green getting a sawed-off, double-barreled shotgun from a vehicle, and shooting Cliffton Henry, 49.
Henry's arm and leg were injured.
Green was arrested the next day.
"Charles Green is a very dangerous man who committed a senseless act of violence that put the lives of many people in danger," Assistant Solicitor Hunter Swanson said in a statement. "It is a relief that he is off the streets. He deserves every bit of the 15 years he received."
Green was initially charged with attempted murder, but the jury found him guilty of assault and battery, Solicitor's Office spokesman Daniel Brownstein said.
Green's girlfriend, Ashley Thomas, also was charged with attempted murder and as an accessory to a felony. Thomas was driving the vehicle Green retrieved the shotgun from, according to a report from the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office. Thomas turned herself in the day after the shooting.
A hearing for Thomas is scheduled for Friday, Brownstein said.
Green has previous convictions for manslaughter, cocaine trafficking, assault, drug possession and resisting arrest.
Sentencing laws require that he serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole or early release. He was sentenced by Judge J. Ernest Kinard Jr.
Reporter Matt McNab contributed. Follow McNab on Twitter at twitter.com/IPBG_Matt.