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Brandon Simmons sentenced to 25 years in deputy shooting

Brandon Simmons sentenced to 25 years in deputy shooting

Brandon Simmons, Jeffrey DeGrow

Brandon Simmons was sentenced to spend the maximum 25 years behind bars this afternoon for shooting Charleston County sheriff’s Deputy Jeffrey DeGrow in January following a burglary call on James Island.

The sentence by Circuit Judge Deadra Jefferson is the 20-year maximum for one count of assault and battery with intent to kill, and five years for one count of possessing a firearm during a violent crime.

DeGrow said he had forgiven Simmons, 22, long ago and pressed him to turn his life around while in prison.

A juror interviewed afterward said DeGrow’s testimony of getting shot six times and remembering Simmons’ face was the deciding factor in a deliberation that lasted an hour or less.

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