Beaufort News

St. Helena man gets 20 years for 2011 shooting

Jabari Linnen
Jabari Linnen

A 20-year-old St. Helena Island man was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison after being convicted of shooting a man five times last year.

After a four-day trial, jurors found Jabari Linnen guilty of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, and possession of a weapon during commission of a violent crime, according to a news release from the 14th Circuit Solicitor's Office.

Linnen shot Kenneth Nichols, now 21, at the intersection of Luther Warren and Seaside roads in April 2011 after Nichols, also from St. Helena, threw an empty soda can at Linnen's car, the release said. Linnen fired nine shots, hitting Nichols five times.

Judge Diane Goodstein sentenced Linnen to the maximum penalty for both charges. Linnen must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.