Man gets 17 years for killing another man's mother on New Year's Day

Harris and Ford
Harris and Ford

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Authorities say a Lowcountry man who fatally shot another man's mother on New Year's Day in 2014 was sentenced to 17 years in prison.

Officials with the North Charleston Police Department say Montreal Ford pleaded guilty on Tuesday to voluntary manslaughter for the murder of Janet Royal.

According to NCPD officials, Montreal also pleaded guilty to attempted murder for a shooting he was involved with at Club Camouflage in March 2014.

Police say Ford was sentenced to 17 years for voluntary manslaughter, and 10 years to run consecutively for attempted murder which will be suspended on five years of probation.

Warrants are still pending on Jimmie Harris who is in federal prison right now.

According to police, there was a fight at Club Crucial between Harris and Ford in the early hours of Jan. 1 which led to the shooting of three women, two of whom died.

Warrants were served against Harris for the murder of Debra Randall Martin, and Montreal Ford for the murder of Janet Royal. According to investigators, Harris is the stepson of Janet Royal and Ford is the son of Sabrina Green who was shot on Jan. 1 but survived the incident.

Following the fight at the club, police say Harris went to a home on Aintree Avenue at 4:55 a.m. and shot Green who survived the shooting.

Then Ford went to a home on Niagra Street and shot Janet Royal at 5:40 a.m., according to police.

Police say that evening, Harris went to a home on Ventura Avenue and shot Debra Martin Randall.

According to NCPD investigators, the victims responded to knocks on their front doors, at which point someone fired multiple shots through the door, striking and killing the victims.

Investigators say shell casings were found in the front yards of all three homes.

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