Ridgeland man gets 20 years for shooting at brother-in-law a second time

newsroom@islandpacket.comApril 23, 2014 

Malcom Brabham

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A 30-year-old Ridgeland man was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison for shooting his brother-in-law on Lady's Island in 2013, according to the 14th Circuit Solicitor's Office.

Malcom Brabham was convicted of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime in a three-day trial at the Beaufort County Courthouse. He must serve at least 85 percent of the sentence, which was handed down by Judge Roger Young, according to a Solicitor's Office news release.

Brabham and his brother-in-law, Chadwick Mitchell, were heading home from a bar July 15 when they began arguing about Brabham's treatment of Mitchell's sister, according to the release. Near the intersection of Holly Hall Road and Little Capers Road, both men got out of the car, and Brabham shot Mitchell in the chest.

Brabham left Mitchell on the side of the road, and Mitchell was able to walk to a nearby house, where residents called for help.

Mitchell nearly died at Beaufort Memorial Hospital and was taken by helicopter to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston for more treatment, the release said.

"That injury not only could have killed him, but it changed his entire life," assistant solicitor Mary Jordan Lempesis, who prosecuted the case, said in the release.

Mitchell, who works as a cook in Beaufort, testified that the injury makes it difficult to use his right arm and hand, and he will have a permanent disability.

This was not the first time Brabham had shot at Mitchell. In 2009, Brabham was convicted of pointing a firearm after he shot at Mitchell, but missed, during a similar argument, the release said.

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