COLLETON CO., SC (WTOC) - Two men were convicted Thursday of attempted armed robbery of stranded motorists along Interstate 95 in June 2010.
Antwan McMillan, 22, and David Jakes, 20, of Smoaks, S.C., were found guilty of three counts of attempted armed robbery, possession of a weapon during commission of a violent crime and three counts of first-degree assault and battery, according to a news release from the Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor's Office.
Jakes was sentenced to 35 years in prison. McMillan received 30 years in prison.
An Army specialist, his wife and mother-in-law on June 3, 2010, were headed south on Interstate 95 in two vehicles when one of the vehicles had mechanical problems. The veteran was looking at the vehicle and another car with three men pulled up.
Jakes pointed a gun at the mother-in-law and demanded cash, and the soldier came up from behind the vehicle with a gun, according to the Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor's Office.
The man ordered the suspects to leave several times, but as the robber turned to point his gun at the veteran, he fired several rounds. Jakes was shot three times.
McMillan began firing from inside the car. Jakes crawled back to the car and they left the scene.
Jakes turned up at a local hospital and was taken into custody after recovering from several gunshot wounds. McMillan and a third suspect, James Davis, 21, were arrested later the same week.
Davis's case is still pending.