A North Charleston man was sentenced to 45 years in prison Thursday for killing a man after an argument over his child.
A jury found Torren Marquiz Eady, 22, guilty of murder, three counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, according to 9th Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson.
Eady was convicted of shooting Adrian King, 21, in the head on April 6, 2012, while Eady was sitting on the front porch of a house at 1904 Success St. Another bullet wounded a 19-year-old man in the leg.
The altercation started when the mother of Eady's child objected to his new girlfriend being there while he was watching their child. She showed up at Eady's house on Leland Street with a group of friends and took the child.
Eady got his brother and another man with a gun and went to the house on Success Street where those who helped take his child were sitting on the porch. After a short argument, gunfire broke out.
Eady remained in hiding for 10 days until North Charleston police arrested him at his aunt's house.
Wilson praised witnesses for testifying.
"It's a familiar theme: Good results when we get cooperation from people who are strong and brave and who are willing and able to tell the jury all they know," she said.
Assistant Solicitor Tommy Finch also praised the courage of the witnesses.
"It took a lot of guts to stand firm in the identification of Eady at the time of the shooting all the way through the trial," Finch said. "While others refused to assist law enforcement out of fear, these witnesses took a stand. We could not have done it without them."
Circuit Judge J.C. Nicholson Jr. sentenced Eady to 45 years in prison for murder, 10 years on each attempted murder charge and five years on the firearm charge.