Men sentenced to 25 years in prison for fatal shooting of 14-year-old girl in 2018

Men sentenced to 25 years in prison for fatal shooting of 14-year-old girl in 2018
Two men pleaded guilty and were sentenced to 25 years in prison for the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old girl in 2018. (Source: South Carolina law enforcement officials)

CHESTER, S.C. (WBTV) - Two men pleaded guilty and were sentenced to 25 years in prison for the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old girl that happened in 2018.

According to officials, Raphael Carter was sentenced to 25 years in prison Monday afternoon after pleading guilty to the charge of voluntary manslaughter.

Carter was originally charged with murder, discharging firearms into a dwelling, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, for events that took place in Chester County on June 10, 2018.

On that evening, Carter along with Hezekiah Tinsley, reportedly did a drive-by at a home on Pinckney Street and opened fire, resulting in the shooting death of 14-year-old Jada Jones.

On Wednesday, Tinsley also pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 25 years in prison as well.

Tinsley was originally charged with accessory after fact because he claimed he never fired a weapon, but investigators say forensic evidence showed he did in fact shoot out of the vehicle.

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