According to staff reports
A Port Royal man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after shooting a man in the face in broad daylight.
Michael Shane Kearney, 37, pleaded guilty as charged Monday with the attempted murder of Torian Singleton and possession of a weapon while committing a violent crime.
“Mr. Kearney committed an extremely brazen act of violence,” said Mary Jordan Lempesis of the 14th Circuit District Attorney’s Office, which is prosecuting the case. demonstrated to help bring the accused to justice.”
Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Lexxus Lane in Burton on February 27, 2018, after receiving a report of gunfire. They arrived to find Singleton motionless on the ground and initially thought he might be dead. He was transported to Beaufort Memorial Hospital and then to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, where he recovered from his injuries.
Security camera video from a person who lived near the crime scene showed Kearney walking towards Singleton shortly after Singleton sold a television to another man. Kearney then shot Singleton in the face.
Several eyewitnesses described Kearney and the red SUV he used to flee the scene.
Kearney’s criminal history includes convictions for second-degree burglary (2005), simple possession of marijuana (2007) and possession of cocaine (2014, in Florida).
Circuit Court Judge Bentley Price handed down the sentence.
Lempesis is the first assistant attorney in the 14th Circuit District Attorney’s Office. She has been with the firm since 2009.