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Subway murder suspect sentenced to life in prison

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Rajerick Knight in court Rajerick Knight in court
BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) -

After days of testimony, a Beaufort County jury has made their decision in the murder trial involving a deadly shooting at the Subway sandwich shop in Beaufort. 

Rajerick Knight will spend the rest of his life behind bars. The jury deliberated for about an hour and then asked the judge to see the video surveillance footage from the murder that day at Subway. They came back several minutes later with a guilty verdict.

Knight is guilty of murdering Travis Sentell Holmes at a Beaufort Subway sandwich shop in July of 2011. But before the judge sentenced him, Knight's girlfriend and his mother pled their case, admitting they know Knight made mistakes but begged for a lesser sentence.

"I beg you not to take my son from me for life," said Renee Knight, suspect's mother.

Knight also made his case to the judge, saying he never meant for this to happen.

"I am very sorry for Travis Holmes' mother," said Knight. "I know she has to live with burying her son. I am sorry for Travis Holmes' kids too. They have to grow up with their father."

But the judge gave him the maximum sentence, life in prison.

"I am happy with the verdict but at the same time, it doesn't bring my son back," said Gwen Myers, Travis Holmes' Mother.

Myers and her husband, Joe Myers, say this trial has been tough, especially having to watch the surveillance video of the murder, which shows Knight coming back into the restaurant after purchasing his subs, walking straight up to Holmes and shooting him. 

"It ripped through me, like I felt the bullet too," said Joe Myers. "Nobody won, everybody lost."

"Beaufort County is significantly safer with Knight behind bars for the rest of his life," said Sean Thornton, 14th Circuit Deputy Solicitor.

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