SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – A Spartanburg teen was sentenced to 30 years in prison for his role in a deadly armed robbery in the Moore community.
According to a solicitor’s office news release, Keshawn M. Rice, 19, was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter, armed robbery and first-degree burglary at the end of a three-day trial.
Rice shot Thompson K. Demas, 20, on Oct. 8, 2016 in Demas’ garage on East Killarney Drive in Moore.
Witnesses said that Demas tried to stop the armed robbery by Rice and Carnellious D. Stringer, 19. Both Rice and Stringer shot Demas during the incident.
According to the release, Stringer shot Demas twice in the back and Rice shot Demas in the leg. The gunshot wounds to the back were listed as Demas’ cause of death.
Both Stringer and Rice ran from the scene and were arrested a few days later.
Rice will be required to serve 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for release. He is not eligible for parole.
Stringer pleaded guilty to murder and armed robbery back in February and received a 30-year prison sentence.
Charges are currently pending against two other people in this case.