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Myrtle Beach man gets 20 years after pleading guilty to 2014 strip club shooting

Cliston Bellamy
Cliston Bellamy

A Myrtle Beach man was sentenced to 20 years Tuesday after pleading guilty in connection with a 2014 shooting inside a now-shuttered Myrtle Beach-area strip club.

Cliston Bellamy, 29, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years.

Circuit Court Judge Thomas Cooper sentenced Bellamy to 20 years as part of a negotiated sentence, said Stephen Grooms, the senior assistant solicitor who prosecuted the case for the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

On May 4, 2014, an altercation broke out between rival gangs inside Teezers Club in the Myrtle Beach area, and Bellamy, who brought a gun to the club, shot and killed 24-year-old Jaquann Price of Longs, authorities said.

The shooting was captured on video inside the club, Grooms said.

Horry County police obtained warrants for Bellamy’s arrest soon after the shooting, but he fled the area following the incident and was wanted for a year before he was arrested May 4, 2015 in Columbia without incident by the U.S. Marshal Fugitive Task Force. He was later brought back to Horry County.

The week prior to Bellamy’s arrest, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced it was offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to his capture and conviction.

“The hard work of officers with the Horry County Police Department during the investigation of the shooting, and later those officers along with the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force, officers from Horry County, Darlington County and the Richland County Sheriffs' offices, led to the arrest and conviction of this dangerous man,” Grooms said in a news release.

The club voluntarily closed in 2015 after Solicitor Jimmy Richardson sent a warning to it and four other area strip clubs as being public nuisances in the community.

Elizabeth Townsend: 843-626-0217, @TSN_etownsend

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