MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) - A 62-year-old Moncks Corner man was sentenced to 30 years in prison for killing his son and shooting his son's fiancee two years ago.
Johnny Irby was found guilty of murder and attempted murder on Thursday. According to prosecutors, Telly Irby, his fiancée and her three children had recently moved from Jacksonville, Fla., and were temporarily staying with Johnny Irby in Moncks Corner.
Court records state Johnny Irby and his son were both intoxicated, and after an argument in front of the home, Johnny Irby walked back to his bedroom to retrieve his pistol.
After shooting his son, authorities say Irby then turned the gun on his son's fiancee, who suffered near fatal injuries. Irby continued to shoot as she fled the scene with her children.
Irby testified on his own behalf and claimed self-defense citing the size and strength of his son who was a star football player for Berkeley High School and a Clemson recruit.
Irby admitted, during cross-examination by Assistant Solicitor Matt Ozment, that he had given several conflicting statements about the murder including a letter to his daughter with a version he said came to him "in a dream."
Irby also claimed he "blacked out" before he shot his son's fiancee and had no memory of her being there.
The three children ages 10, 11 and 12 were within inches of Irby during the shootings.
Solicitor Anne Williams said, "The children were lucky to escape; this case could have easily been five counts of homicide instead of one". All three children testified during the three day trial.
Irby had prior convictions for Criminal Domestic Violence and Driving under the influence.
That weapon was recovered near the scene, according to police.