DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Four more men have been sentenced in connection with the Christmas Eve 2012 homicide of Antwain Demetrious Jones in Darlington. Last week, the man accused of pulling the trigger in Jones's death was sentenced.
According to police, five men rushed into Jones's home, intent on robbing him.
Michael Rashawn Jackson was charged in the homicide. He was sentenced to 20 years for voluntary manslaughter after pleading guilty in a South Carolina courtroom on Thursday, February 12. Police say Jackson was the suspect who actually fired the shot that killed Jones.
Jackson was one of five suspects charged in connection with Jones' death. On February 19, four more men pleaded guilty and were sentenced for their involvement in the crime.
Jonathan McCall was originally charged with murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, attempted murder and armed robbery. He pleaded guilty to his involvement, and received two years probation, according to a Facebook post by the Darlington Police Department.
Kiaran Myron Bonaparte, 24, pleaded guilty to his involvement, and also received two years of probation, the post confirms.
Reginald Danyall Smith, 23, of Florence, was originally being charged with murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, attempted murder and armed robbery. He pleaded guilty to his involvement, and received 9 years in prison, according to the Facebook post.
Jason Jones, 33, was also originally charged with murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, attempted murder and armed robbery. He pleaded guilty to his involvement, and got 8.5 years, Darlington Police stated on Facebook.
All subjects were given credit for time already served in jail.
On Friday, the Darlington Police Department released the following statement to the family of Antwain Jones:
It is the mission of the Darlington Police Department to be the advocates of victims. During this terrible event you've endured we have done all that we could to assure you that we would do all in our power to help you achieve a measure of justice. I know the fact that all of these young men who were involved in the loss of your son being punished will never bring him back. It is ever the intention of law enforcement to restore victims to what they were before the event if possible. A tragedy like this can never close with a happy ending only the feeling that some measure of justice has been served. We are ever ready to assist you in the future should you ever have the need of us. We will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers. It is our hope that the example of what can happen when you are fueled with alcohol and drugs can bring about tragic results will resound with others out there who may be headed down that same road. This is never an excuse for evil that is committed but it certainly can help lead people down the path of wrongdoing. The actions of these men should open people's eyes to what can happen however and the lasting affect on those who are left behind. One can only hope that the result of this will be that some will choose another path besides the one that these men did. In the meantime we hope that you can begin the healing process from the terrible grief that you must feel for the loss of your son much to soon.) Chief Watson