Judge sets 30-year sentence in fatal Charleston shooting

Ahshaad Mykiel Owens

A judge on Wednesday sentenced a 20-year-old man to 30 years in prison for a fatal shooting described by authorities as a drug deal gone wrong.

Ahshaad Mykiel Owens, of Chatham Avenue in North Charleston was convicted in a Charleston County courtroom on charges of murder, armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, court records show.

The charges were made in connection with the shooting death of Jarrod Howard, 19, of Hanahan.

Also charged in the death is Phillip Daniel Jewell II, 21, of Quail Hollow Court in North Charleston. Jewell was being held Thursday at the Charleston County jail awaiting trial on charges of murder and armed robbery.

A deadly encounter between the three men occurred in broad daylight on Oct. 10, 2014, on Percy Street in Charleston’s Elliotborough neighborhood.

Howard and a friend had set up a meeting to buy prescription drugs, investigators reported. The deal turned sour, prompting Howard to jump out of a vehicle and run for his life. One of the vehicle’s occupants fired a bullet into Howard’s back as he fled, authorities said.

Owens and Jewell were alleged to have been criminal accomplices in the past.

They were arrested together in August 2013 after Charleston police said they broke into a West Ashley house and pawned $6,000 worth of stolen jewelry and electronics hours later. The disposition of those charges weren’t immediately clear Thursday.

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