Man gets 35 years in home invasion murder

Adrian Keith Beaton

A 22-year-old North Charleston man received a 35-year prison sentence Thursday on charges of murder, kidnapping, first-degree burglary and assault and battery with intent to kill in a 2010 home invasion attack.

Adrian Beaton came in through Jose Contrerras’ window in the Marsh Oaks Apartments in Mount Pleasant, while Contrerras slept in his bedroom. Beaton opened the front door for his two accomplices, and the men demanded drugs and money, according to prosecutors.

The men bound Contrerras’ hands and feet with phone cords and forced him to lie face-down on his bed while they ransacked his home. They shocked him with a Taser and beat him with a pistol, prosecutors said.

Contrerras’ friends, Oscar Girdon, and wife Leticia Herrara, came to the apartment to pick up Contrerras. When Girdon stepped inside, he saw the mess and rushed toward Contrerras’ bedroom. But Beaton shot him once in the leg and once in the chest before he could reach his friend, officials said.

Beaton also shot Herrara once in the chest as she turned to run, according to prosecutors. Herrara survived the attack, but Girdon died from his wounds.

The three men fled, but Mount Pleasant police arrested Beaton through crime-scene analysis and a DNA match.

Read more in Friday’s editions of The Post and Courier.