Guilty plea in home shootingPublished 8:46pm Monday, November 18, 2013
A man accused of shooting into an occupied residence in August of 2011 pleaded guilty to the crime and was sentenced to 30 months of probation in Beaufort County Superior Court Monday.
According to Assistant District Attorney Mike Holloman, a Washington Police Department officer on patrol heard shots fired at 10:08 p.m. the night of Aug. 22, 2011. Investigation revealed a storm door shattered by a bullet as well as more bullets embedded in the porch of a home on Gladden Street.
Residents of the home, a mother and daughter, were in the house when the shots were fired. According to Holloman, the 13-year-old daughter was upstairs looking out her bedroom window when she saw a dark-colored car pull up near the house and a group of men get out of the car and begin arguing. She told investigators she recognized Grice from the neighborhood and as the group dispersed, he began shooting at the other individuals, Holloman said.
Kendrick Grice was arrested in 2011 and charged with discharging a weapon into an occupied property, possession of a firearm by a felon and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.
Monday, Superior Court Judge Cy A. Grant Sr. gave Grice a suspended sentence of 29 to 44 months in prison and 30 months of probation, in which he is to have no contact with the victims and submit to drug testing and searches of his premises for drugs and weapons.
A plea arrangement with the state specified the sentences for the weapon possession and firing into an occupied property be consolidated into one judgment. The assault with a deadly weapon charge was dropped, as the victim, Marquise Ward, could not be located in the time since the incident, Holloman said.
“This is an old case. People move on with their lives,” Holloman explained, adding that Ward had not been shot on the night of the incident. Instead, Ward was injured while trying to avoid being shot.