Man gets 12 years for shooting cook

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A man who shot a cook in North Charleston was sentenced to 12 years.

Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said that a Charleston County jury found Travis Jones guilty of the 2008 shooting of Charles Hamilton. The jury deliberated for one and half hours Thursday afternoon before handing down their verdict.

Judge Deirdre Jefferson sentenced Jones to twelve years on the charges of attempted armed robbery and assault and battery with intent to kill.

According to Assistant Solicitors Chad Simpson and Kelley Flynn, on Feb. 4, 2008, Hamilton cashed his federal income tax return check before reporting to work.

Authorities say once Hamilton went to work at Bojangles, coworkers learned of the money. A coworker and Jones then waited at a nearby hotel until the time that Hamilton would be taking out the trash from the night's diner shift.

As Hamilton took out the garbage, Jones approached him with a .22 caliber handgun and demanded all his money. When Hamilton refused, Jones shot him in the arm. As the victim tried to flee, Jones shot him three times in the back and then went through his pockets as he lay bleeding on the pavement.

Jones was unable to locate the cash in the victim's rear pocket and fled the scene empty handed. Hamilton's coworker who acted as a look out for Jones during the crime pleaded guilty to the same offenses under the "hand of one / hand of all" doctrine and was sentenced to four years on each offense.

Assistant Solicitor Simpson stated, "The victim in this case was making his way in this world the right way and proud of what he earned. He did not deserve to almost die for his hard earned money. I'm very happy the jury saw to it that the perpetrator was held responsible for his actions."

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