Man gets 45 years for role in fatal shooting

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Tremaine Devon Nelson was sentenced to 45 years in prison Friday for his role in a July 2007 shooting in North Charleston.

A Charleston County jury found in November that he was guilty of murder and assault and battery with intent to kill in the fatal shooting of Deshaun Brown, 28, of North Charleston, and the wounding of another man.

Timothy Hoard, 25, pleaded guilty this year to a charge of accessory after the fact and received a 15-year sentence. Murder charges against co-defendent Jaquan Bryant, 28, are being dismissed for lack of evidence, according to the Solicitor's Office.

Police said the shooting began when Nelson and others went to a North Charleston apartment complex between Calvert and Iris streets to confront a person who Nelson said had robbed him earlier that day.

The suspects drove up in a sport-utility vehicle, got out and quickly fired military-style rifles, police said.

Neither Brown nor the other man shot had robbed Nelson.

Nelson and Bryant left Charleston for Atlanta, where the U.S. Marshals Service's Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested them in July 2007.

Assistant Solicitor Harry Leventis called the crime "a senseless act of violence."

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