Man gets life in prison for Summerville gas station murder

Man gets life in prison for Summerville gas station murder
Thomas Shewtzuk in court . (Source: Live 5)
Thomas Shewtzuk in court . (Source: Live 5)
Scene of the shooting in June 2015. (Source: WCSC)
Scene of the shooting in June 2015. (Source: WCSC)

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A man has been sentenced to life in prison for a fatal shooting that happened at a Summerville gas station.

A jury found Thomas Shewtzuk guilty of murder in the death of Travis Gordon.

The Dorchester County jury deliberated a little more than an hour before finding Schewtzuk guilty of killing 23-year-old Gordon in June of last year.

The life sentence means Shewtzuk will not be eligible for parole.

During his sentencing hearing, Shewtzuk, through tears, apologized for the crime.

A woman who was right next to Gordon when he was shot asked for a life sentence.

Gordon's brother also spoke during the sentencing hearing and said he will never get a chance to dance at his wedding.

Shewtzuk's attorney cried before he was sentenced, and told the judge that Shewtzuk was sexually molested as a child.

The judge said that still didn't give him a license to kill.

Prosecutors used a video, which the jury saw on Thursday, of the shooting to make their case.

According to prosecutors, Shewtzuk kidnapped Gordon and forced him to go to the Quick Food Mart on Highway 17-A.

The video showed Shewtzuk shooting Gordon twice in the head at the store.

In closing arguments, prosecutors called it as "malicious a killing you will ever see."

Shewtzuk's defense attorney said he never intended to kill Gordon that he just wanted to rob him.

Shewtzuk's father testified Thursday morning that after the shooting, his son called him and said he "had shot a boy twice and needed to get away."

Investigators have said the motive may have been a dispute over a woman whom the suspect and victim had both dated.

There is another defendant, Joshua Jordan who was arrested a few weeks ago in Florida,  who is yet to go to trial in the case.

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