Myrtle Beach man convicted in fatal club shooting, sentenced to life in prison without parole

troot@thesunnews.comJuly 22, 2013 

— A Myrtle Beach man was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after an Horry County jury convicted him in the shooting death of a 35-year-old Kingstree man and the shooting of another man, according to authorities.

Armando K. Chestnut, 37, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter, attempted murder, pointing and presenting a firearm and assault and battery, said Brad Richardson, a senior assistant solicitor with the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

Because Chestnut was previously convicted of voluntary manslaughter, which is considered a most serious offense under state law, he was ordered to serve life in prison without the possibility of parole on the latest convictions, Richardson said. An offender must be sentenced to life in prison without parole if they are convicted of two most serious offenses.

Chestnut’s trial case began July 15 and ended about 4 p.m. Friday when an Horry County jury returned the guilty verdicts against him, Richardson said.

Myrtle Beach police charged Chestnut, who was also known as Barnyard, after Jamell McFadden, 35, of Kingstree, was shot and killed early March 6, 2012, following a fight outside of Third Avenue Sports Bar at 1102 Third Ave. S., according to authorities.

Officers learned that just after 1 a.m. March 6, 2012, there was an altercation and patrons were asked to leave the bar, police said. Once outside, a fight occurred and gunshots were fired.

A second man, Damien Canty, who was 32 at the time, also was injured and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

McFadden died while being treated at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center for the gunshot wound. Canty suffered a gunshot wound to his elbow and doctors removed that bullet and police traced it to a .380-caliber handgun belonging to Chestnut, Richardson said.

During the fight, Chestnut fired at least three shots and police retrieved three shell casings and a third bullet from the scene of the shooting, all of which were matched to Chestnut’s gun, Richardson said.

Chestnut was taken into custody by police the afternoon of the shooting.

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