The man who pulled the trigger in an Ocean Boulevard shooting captured on Facebook Live and seen by millions will spend two decades in prison.
On Wednesday, Derias Little pleaded guilty to attempted murder, carjacking and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. A judge sentenced him to 20 years.
“I’m very sorry for what I did,” Little said.
His plea comes about a week before he was scheduled to go to trial in the case. He faced several counts of attempted murder. There are several other defendants in the incident, and their cases remain active.
According to a Myrtle Beach police arrest report, shortly after midnight on June 18, police responded to Ocean Boulevard and 4th Avenue North for a group of disorderly people.
As officers arrived, gunfire rang out and six people were shot, according to the report.
The incident started on 5th Avenue North when a car driven by Jarvez Graham stopped and Raekwon Graham, Keshawn Steele and Little exited and approached one of the victims, according to the report. They threw hand signals and then ran from the scene.
Jarvez Graham then drove the car south on Ocean Boulevard, where he picked up the three. The group drove to 4th Avenue, where they waited.
The suspects made plans to attack the victim, police said. As a group of people approached, Raekwon Graham, Steele and Little again left the car, according to the report.
Jarvez Graham yelled “burn him,” according to the report, which was the attack signal. Little fired shots, hitting several people, and then carjacked a vehicle to escape, according to the report.
“As he’s fleeing the scene he did exchange multiple shots with a security guard,” Assistant Solicitor Cara Walker said.
Defense attorney Garryl Deas noted Little faced 150 years in prison or more if he was convicted of all counts at trial. He asked the judge to follow the state’s recommendation of 20 years in prison.
Little wore a tan, jail-issued jumpsuit and had put on noticeable weight during his in two years in jail since his arrest. He showed little emotion during the hearing. None of the victims of the shooting or carjacking were present for the sentencing, but were told of the plea deal.
Deas called the act “senseless” and something that shouldn’t have happened. He said Little and the co-defendants were high school students visiting the Grand Stand for senior week.
“Again, it’s a situation, that quite frankly, I know he regrets,” Deas said.
In a news release, 15th Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson said people need to think about the consequences of their actions.
“… This teenager, with only a prior misdemeanor record, is going to miss his 20s and most of his 30s because he chose to shoot someone after a 20-second fight,” Richardson said in the release announcing the plea deal. “Twenty years for 20 seconds could have all been avoided had there been some thought about the consequences of using a gun.”