3 men may face perjury charges in 1998 Rock Hill killing

adys@heraldonline.comApril 24, 2013 

— Prosecutors plan to seek perjury and obstruction of justice charges against three convicted killers accused of lying under oath about who pulled the trigger in the 1998 death of a Rock Hill teen. Convictions could add years to the long sentences all three men are serving for the death of 16-year-old Erik Krenn.

In 1999, four men pleaded guilty to murder in the death of Krenn after an attempted carjacking. All testified that Antonio Gordon was the shooter.

Antonio Gordon was sentenced in 1999 to 40 years; his brother, Monta Gordon, received 30 years; and a third man involved in the crime, Terrance McCreary, received 30 years.

But in a hearing in March in which Antonio Gordon claimed he should get a new trial despite pleading guilty, Gordon claimed his brother was the shooter. The brother also recanted earlier testimony, as did McCreary. But a judge ruled this week that the new claims made in court, under oath, were “complete fabrications.”

The prosecutor handling the case, Willy Thompson, said Wednesday he is planning to present cases for perjury, and potential obstruction of justice, to the York County grand jury. Convictions would add at least five years to the sentence of each defendant.

“The testimony each gave under oath this time is not what they testified to before,” Thompson said. “It was an attempt to undermine the court system.”

Gordon’s lawyer could not be reached for comment.

The fourth defendant, who pleaded guilty in 1999 and claimed that Antonio Gordon was the shooter, did not change his story and will not be affected.

Andrew Dys •  803-329-4065

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