MYRTLE BEACH — A Conway man was given two life in prison sentences without parole after he was convicted under the two strike law in a 2011 shooting at a Myrtle Beach area apartment complex, according to the 15th Circuit Solicitors Office.
Following a two-day trial this week, Abdul Al-Mutakabbir Furquan, 40, of Conway was convicted of first-degree burglary, attempted murder and possession of a weapon by a person convicted of a violent crime, said Josh Holford, an assistant solicitor with the 15th Circuit. Jurors deliberated for less than an hour before they found Furquan guilty on the charges.
Because Furquan had been previously convicted second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, which is a most serious offense under state law, upon his conviction of the recent charges state law required him to be sentenced to life in prison, Holford said. Furquan also had been convicted of multiple burglaries, indecent exposure, shoplifting, giving police false information, possession of marijuana and several domestic violence offenses.
Furquan also is a registered sex offender.
Circuit Court Judge Larry Hyman sentenced Furquan to life in prison on the burglary and attempted murder charges and five years in prison on the gun charge. An Horry County jury convicted Furquan on the charges that stemmed from Oct. 16, 2011, shooting at Ivystone Apartments in Myrtle Beach.
Also convicted in that shooting following a May trial was Jeremy Jamal Fleming, 25, of Murrells Inlet, who was sentenced to 20 years for first-degree burglary and another 20 years for an attempted murder charge by Circuit Court Judge Edward Cottingham, officials said. The sentences will run consecutively and Fleming is not eligible for early release before serving 85 percent of each sentence.
Officials said Fleming and Furquan each blamed the other in the shooting of a man inside the apartment, Holford said. The victim was shot in the head with a .38-caliber revolver during the burglary.
The victims roommate came out with a shotgun and his Pit Bull and Fleming and Furquan ran out of the apartment, Holford said. Witnesses saw the men and were threatened by them, but later went to police and identified Furquan and Fleming as the suspects.
The men were arrested Oct. 19, 2011, and Furquan has been jailed since his arrest.
Holford said the case boiled down to three things: a miracle that the victim survived, money being the motive for the senseless crime and malice in Furquans heart. Today, Sept. 19, 2013, justice has finally been completed for the victim when the jury found the second dangerous and violent criminal, Furquan, guilty.
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