COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A Kershaw man pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison Friday for the July murder of a 15-year-old Colleton County boy. A judge sentenced 24-year-old Shag Qu-Tee Marshall to life in prison for shooting and killing Calvin Fishburne.
Investigators say Marshall was romantically involved with the same woman as Fishburne's older brother and had planned a deadly confrontation with him.
Two days prior to the incident, Marshall stole a gun from his uncle. He then went to Camden, bought a bus ticket and rode to Walterboro. Marshall walked many miles across town to confront his rival, a journey that took half a day.
According to deputies, Marshall knocked on the door and was let in by the teenagers, who had assumed he was a friend of their brother. They offered him a glass of water, but moments later, he brandished a handgun and shot the 15-year-old boy in the head. He continued firing, grazing the 17 year old, but experienced several misfires.
"Those misfires probably saved his life," said assistant solicitor Amanda Haselden. "He was going down there to kill and nothing was going to stand in his way."
Judge Thomas Cooper handed down the life sentence Friday. Marshall will not be eligible for parole.
"He was determined to kill, even if it wasn't his intended target," said Solicitor Duffie Stone. "This senseless act of cold-blooded violence took an innocent 15-year-old boy from us. The man capable of such evil should -- and will -- live out his days in a prison cell."
According to court documents, Marshall was convicted in 2006 for drug dealing and convicted for a weapons charge in 2004.