Man gets life in prison for Ravenel home invasion
A North Charleston man was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole today for a home invasion in Ravenel.
A Charleston County jury found Akeem O’Mar Smith, 26, guilty of attempted murder, first-degree burglary, kidnapping and armed robbery, according to the 9th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.
According to testimony during the trial, a woman returning to her Ravenel home about 4:30 a.m. Oct. 2, 2010, encountered two men dressed in black who demanded money. The men hit her in the head with a pistol and forced themselves inside at gunpoint.
One of the men held her at gunpoint while the other ransacked the home. One of the men demanded she take off her clothes and put a pillowcase on her head.
The woman’s husband returned home from his work at a nightclub and encountered a lookout who ran off. The husband got a .357 from the glovebox of his wife’s car and went inside.
He exchanged gunfire with the men inside and was shot in the hip. The woman grabbed a .38 from her purse and shot at one of the men. The men went out through a bay window. A DNA test from the blood on the glass matched Smith’s blood.
Circuit Judge R. Markley Dennis Jr. sentenced Smith to life in prison without the possibility of parole on each of the crimes, to run concurrently.