CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A man accused of killing a North Charleston bartender in 2016 pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter Thursday morning in a Charleston County courtroom and was sentenced to 30 years in jail including time served.
De’Andre Murphy,20, was charged with murder, armed robbery and numerous weapons charges in connection with the death of Eric Brantley on April 20, 2016. Jahmal Green, 20, was convicted of the same charges back in August.
In court on Thursday, Brantley’s mother, Suzanne Sentner, spoke to Murphy and said: “Eric’s family and friends are here today to let you know, we see you De’Andre Murphy and we will never forget what you did that night. We hope you think about it the whole time you’re in prison and know that you took away a man who was very much loved."
Murphy’s back was to her while she spoke and did not respond. Sentner went on to say, "You have the promise from all of us that if we have anything to say, you will suffer for the rest of your life. You messed with the wrong army.”
During a preliminary hearing in the case on Sept. 22, 2016, North Charleston Detective Jerry Jellico testified he showed Green a photo of Brantley during an interview at the police station, and that’s when the suspect started rapping.
"He began rapping to the victim saying, 'F*** him, f*** this, I shot him in the head, I shot him in the head,' and rapping all over, took the picture said, 'f*** it' and threw it on the floor," Jellico testified. "Myself and Benton took him to jail and he just sung about killing and thug life and all this kind of stuff the whole way to jail."
Charleston County dispatchers said they received a call about shots fired in the area at approximately 3:32 a.m. on April 20, 2016. At 7:27 a.m., they received a call reporting someone spotted a body in a parking lot.
That body turned out to be Brantley, who investigators said had just ended his bartending shift and had been robbed of his cellphone.