Man sentenced to 10 years in prison for 2013 fatal carjacking in Myrtle Beach

Swava McCrea
Swava McCrea

A 26-year-old man was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison in connection with a 2013 shooting of a man during a carjacking in Myrtle Beach, according to authorities.

Swava Lamere McCrea, 26, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and carjacking with injury July 28 before a Circuit Court Judge Benjamin Culbertson in Georgetown, who sentenced him to 20 years in prison, said Brad Richardson, who prosecuted the case for the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

Culbertson suspended McCrea’s 20-year sentence upon his service of 10 years in prison and five years on probation, Richardson said. McCrea will not be eligible for parole.

McCrea was charged with murder in the shooting death of 21-year-old Joshua Pyatt, whose body was found June 24, 2013, parked at Westwind Apartments, off Pridgen Road near 17th Avenue South in Myrtle Beach.

Officers found Pyatt dead inside the vehicle.

Officers were called at 11:20 p.m. June 23, 2013, to Vereen Street for a shooting and carjacking, police said. Witnesses reported that Pyatt was inside his 2005 Nissan Altima when they heard four gunshots and saw a man get into the vehicle and drive away.

When police arrived they found a large crowd outside the home, but the vehicle was gone.

McCrea surrendered to police July 2, 2013, to face the charges.

At the time of McCrea’s arrest, a check with the State Law Enforcement Division showed he was convicted of attempted armed robbery in November 2007 and sentenced under the Youthful Offender Act to six years in prison. He was arrested on the charge in February 2007. Details about the incident that led to the charges were not available.

In March 2011, McCrea was sentenced to eight years in prison for strong arm robbery and one year in prison for unlawful carrying of a weapon, according to SLED records. The sentences were to run concurrently and McCrea was arrested on the charges on Jan. 1, 2010.

McCrea was released on probation on Feb. 15, 2012, on the robbery charge, according to SLED records.

On Dec. 1, 2012, McCrea was charged with malicious injury to real property with a value of less than $2,000 and possession of less than one gram of meth or cocaine base, according to records.

Myrtle Beach police filed those charges after officers were called to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center following a shooting at Club Crush, a former gentleman's club on U.S. 17 Bypass.

In a police report, officials said they locked down the emergency room lobby after a man got disruptive. Police said McCrea refused to calm down and repeatedly punched a hospital sign while his friend was being treated for a gunshot wound.

After someone reported that McCrea had a weapon, an officer followed him outside the hospital and detained McCrea after watching him confront another man about being the person who shot his friend, according to the police report. When officers searched McCrea at Myrtle Beach Jail they found a bottle with cocaine inside on him, according to the incident report.