CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A Charleston County judge has sentenced two men to 65 years behind bars in connection with a brutal 2012 armed robbery that left one man dead and another hospitalized.
Denzel Heyward, 22, and Dashaun Simmons, 21, were found guilty on November 14 of armed robbery, attempted murder, and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on each suspect's murder charge.
Authorities say the suspects lured 20-year-old Kadeem Chambers and his brother, 17-year-old Jujuain Hemingway, to Johns Island on May 16, 2012, where they attempted to rob the victims at gunpoint.
Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson says Simmons used an "assault weapon with a banana clip" to force the victims to the ground. Heyward then repeatedly stomped on Hemingway's head while both suspects demanded money.
Heyward's girlfriend, who drove the suspects to the location, allegedly searched the car for drugs or money.
Wilson says Simmons shot Chambers twice - once in the leg and once in the chest - after the two began fighting.
After the gunfire, Chambers reportedly got into his vehicle and attempted drive away, but crashed into a parked car on Cynthia Drive. The two suspects and Hemingway fled the scene.
Chambers was transported to the hospital where he died later in the day. Hemingway was found hiding on a street near the scene of the wreck.
Wilson says Heyward's girlfriend turned herself in on May 19, and was able to give details of the crime and name the two suspects. That, along with witness testimony, led to the arrest and conviction of the suspects.