WALTERBORO — Two Smoaks men were convicted Thursday of three counts of attempted armed robbery, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and three counts of first-degree assault and battery in a 2010 confrontation that ended with an Iraq War veteran shooting one of them.
Antwan McMillan, 22, was sentenced to 30 years in prison, and David Jakes, 20, was sentenced to 35 years in prison. The case against a third man, 21-year-old James Davis, is pending.
An Army specialist, his wife and mother-in-law were traveling in two vehicles south on Interstate 95 in June 2010 when one of their vehicles had mechanical problems. The veteran, just back from the Middle East, was working on the vehicle, when another car with three men inside pulled up.
Jakes pointed a gun at the mother-in-law and demanded money, officials said, but the solider popped up with his own gun and ordered the men to leave. When the robber turned to point his gun at the soldier, the Army specialist shot Jakes three times, according to authorities. McMillan shot from inside the car, and Jakes crawled back to it.
The men drove off, but sheriff's investigators found Jakes at a local hospital and arrested McMillan and Davis later that week.