Man gets 51 years for killing building manager who was on the phone with police

Man gets 51 years for killing building manager who was on the phone with police

COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A Lowcountry man was sentenced to 51 years in prison for killing a building manager who was on the phone with a police officer.

Sidney Antoine Holmes, 26, of Walterboro was sentenced on Wednesday in the shooting death of 51-year-old Steven Douglas Cochran.

According a report, following a two-day trial at the Hampton County Courthouse, a jury found Holmes guilty of four crimes: murder, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, discharging a firearm into a dwelling and unlawful possession of a weapon.

Prosecutors say on Aug. 1, 2015, Cochran, who was the building manager for the Hampton Garden Apartments on Holly Street West, called Hampton police after telling a group of men who were loitering at the apartment complex to leave the property.

"During the call, Cochran began to scream for help," prosecutors said."A bystander picked up the phone and told the officer that a man ran up to Cochran and shot him."

Authorities say he received 40 years for murder, five years for possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, five years for shooting into a dwelling and one year for unlawful possession of a weapon.

The sentences are to run consecutively.

"This was a brazen murder committed in front of a group of people," said Randolph Murdaugh, III, special assistant solicitor assigned to the Career Criminal Prosecution Team. "Not only did people witness the defendant shoot Mr. Cochran multiple times, a Hampton police officer heard the incident while on the phone with the victim. The defendant in this case has a total and utter disregard for anything or anyone."

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