GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A 22-year-old Georgetown man was sentenced to life in prison for his role in a 2012 home invasion and murder.
After a week long trial, Judge Knox McMahon sentenced Damonte Rivera to life for murder.
In addition, Rivera was given 30 years on an armed robbery charge, and 30 years for kidnapping, all to run concurrently, stemming from the home invasion.
The charges stem from a home invasion that happened on Aug. 30, 2012.
Prosecutors say Rivera, Anthony Frazer, Alfonza Thomas and two other men kicked in the door of a home and demanded money and drugs from the victims.
"During the course of the home invasion the defendants pointed a gun at a 10 year old girl and a toddler," solicitor's said."Shortly after the home invasion, Rivera and Frasier shot Thomas to death from behind while on the "path" near the Beck recreation center in Georgetown."
"I hope the victims in this case can find peace now that justice has been served," Deputy Solicitor Alicia Richardson said."Our community just became safer with Rivera behind bars. The trial was a lengthy and momentous joint effort of our office and the Georgetown Police Department."
On Sept. 28, Rivera's co-defendant, Anthony Fraser was sentenced to 22 years in prison after Fraser pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, armed robbery and first-degree burglary.
Criminal cases on two other men relating to their role in the home invasion are still pending.