Little River man sentenced to 15 years in prison in assault, shooting

A Little River man was sentenced to 15 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to burglary in connection with the assault of his girlfriend and shooting at his mother’s house that left a woman injured, according to authorities.

Melvin Cordaro Johnson, 26, of Little River pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree burglary and was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Steven John to 15 years in prison, according to 15th Circuit Assistant Solicitor Scott Hucks. Johnson is not eligible for parole because of the violence involved in the August 2013 incidents.

Horry County police arrested Johnson after a 24-year-old woman reported at 3:30 a.m. Aug. 17 that her boyfriend had assaulted her and accused her of cheating on him with his brother, according to a police report. The victim suffered a cut on her shoulder during the incident at a home on Woodridge Circle in Little River.

Johnson was jailed and released 12 hours later.

Two days later at 5 a.m. Aug. 19, Horry County police were called back to Woodridge Circle for a shooting, according to a report. Police found a 32-year-old man walking toward them with Johnson following at a fast pace behind him.

Johnson had blood on him and went toward police in an aggressive manner, according to the report. The other man, a witness, who was armed with a knife, put the weapon down and told police to shoot Johnson because he tried to kill the mother of the witness.

Johnson continued toward police and an officer used a taser on him because he did not comply with verbal commands, according to the report. Johnson was taken into custody and police found his 47-year-old mother with a gunshot wound.

Several women of various ages were taken for medical treatment, according to the report. Police also took Johnson to Seacoast Medical Center to be examined.