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Beaufort man sentenced to 20 years for shooting

ST. HELENA ISLAND, SC (WTOC) -

On Friday, Jabari Linnen, 20, of Beaufort, was sentenced to 20 years in prison after being convicted of a 2011 St. Helena Island shooting.

At the conclusion of the four day trial, Linnen was found guilty of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and possession of a weapon during commission of a violent crime.

Linnen shot Kenneth Nichols, 20, at approximately 2:15 p.m. April 21 at the intersection of Luther Warren Rd. and Seaside Rd. According to authorities, the two men had an ongoing dispute.

Nichols threw an empty soda can at a car that Linnen and another man were in, according to testimony. Linnen then got out of the vehicle with a .45-caliber pistol, walked around the car and fired at least nine rounds. Nichols was struck five times. He was unarmed.

Lineen ditched the vehicle and tossed the gun in a river after the shooting. Neither was recovered. Sgt. Jeremiah Frazier of the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office arrested Lineen two days later.

"The shooting of an unarmed man is a very cowardly act," said Deputy Solicitor Sean Thornton, who prosecuted the case, in a press release. "Had the victim died, I would have called it an execution."

Linnen was sentenced to the maximum penalty for both charges. By law, he must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence.

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