After more than 12 hours of deliberations Thursday a Georgetown County jury convicted an Andrews man for shooting to death 22-year-old Antonio Tisdale in 2008.
Dominic Leggette, 21, was charged with murder, but he was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the death of Tisdale, also of Andrews. He also was convicted of assault and battery with intent to kill for shooting another man in the same incident.
Circuit Judge Ben Culbertson sentenced Leggette to 30 years in prison for voluntary manslaughter and 10 years for the assault, a charge that stems from injuries to Al Ingram in the Aug. 13, 2008, shooting on Main Street in Andrews, according to the attorneys in the case.
The jury delivered its verdict around 7 p.m. Thursday.
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"I am happy there is some resolution for the family," said Deputy Solicitor Scott Hixson, the prosecutor in the case. "This will help to bring them some closure and they are able to move on."
Leggette's prison terms will run concurrently, said his attorney, Ronald Hazzard. He said Leggette has 10 days to decide if wants to appeal the verdict.
If Leggette does not appeal, he will serve about 24 years before he is eligible for parole.
"We had hoped the jury's verdict would be different," Hazzard said.
During the trial, Hazzard told jurors Leggette acted in self-defense.
That night Leggette said he went to Cornelle's nightclub to give his girlfriend a phone charger. He said he knew that people from a rival neighborhood would be hanging out next door at Blue's nightclub, and he brought a gun with him for safety.
Witnesses testified during trial that there were several men outside of Blue's nightclub when Leggette arrived at about 10:30 p.m. Leggette left and headed towards the Superchic convenience store on Main Street. He was followed by Ingram and Tisdale. Ingram testified earlier this week he and Tisdale were walking to the Superchic to buy cigarettes.
Ingram testified that Leggette turned around before he reached the Superchic and put some fabric around his face and started shooting. Leggette countered that he heard footsteps behind him and when he turned he saw Ingram reach for something in his pocket. He fired a few shots and then ran.
Leggette was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service about a month later.