A Hilton Head Island man who fatally shot 17-year-old Dominique Williams near Coligny Beach in broad daylight in 2015 was sentenced Wednesday to 37 years in prison, according to a 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office news release.
John Ira Duncan III, now 20, was 15 at the time of the murder.
Duncan was found guilty in May by a Beaufort County General Sessions Court jury, but the sentencing was delayed until an evaluation of Duncan by a defense psychologist.
Sentences for murder in South Carolina must be served in their entirety, the release said. Duncan could have been sentenced to between 30 years and life in prison.
During two days of testimony, more than a dozen witnesses were called, including a friend of Duncan who was with him at the time of the shooting, and Williams’ friends, who were also at the scene.
Duncan testified that he shot Williams in self-defense, The Island Packet previously reported, but the jury took about 10 minutes to find him guilty of murder.