A woman involved in a fatal shooting on Byars Street last October faces a minimum sentence of 15 years but will not face murder charges.
Aileen Newman, 20, pleaded guilty on Friday to conspiracy, assault and battery with the intent to kill, and three counts of armed robbery for her involvement in an armed robbery that led to the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Tyrone King.
Newman also faced charges for murder and possession of a firearm during a violent crime, but those charges have been dropped, said York County Deputy Solicitor Willy Thompson.
Newman joins Samantha Ervin, 22, and Donte Reid, 18, who still face charges of murder, assault and battery with intent to kill, three armed robberies, possession of a firearm during a violent crime and criminal conspiracy. One suspect in the crime, Davontay Darrell Henson, 18, is still at large.
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On Friday Newman entered a plea agreement in which she agreed to cooperate with the prosecution in exchange for some of her charges being dropped. She will serve at least 15 years for one count of armed robbery.
After the prosecution tries her codefendants, she will be sentenced, at which point she will probably get more time, Thompson said.
How much additional time she receives will depend on her cooperation as the case moves forward, he said.
Around 11 p.m. Oct. 1, King was robbed and shot in the head with a rifle on a porch at 436 Byars Street in the Sunset Park neighborhood, according to a Rock Hill police report.
King later died at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. One of his friends was shot in the leg.
According to Newman's statement, she and the other suspects sent Reid to the house on Byars Street to see who was there. Reid called back to confirm who was present and then rejoined them.
They thought robbing the victims "would be an easy way to get some cash and maybe some marijuana," Thompson said.
They decided Reid couldn't go back to the house to commit the robbery because King and the other victims knew him, so Ervin drove Henson and Newman and parked out of sight of the house, where King, Henry Jackson and Kenny Cunningham were sitting on the porch, Thompson said.
When they arrived, Newman and Henson, who was holding a sawed-off rifle, robbed the victims, Thompson said. As they were walking away, Newman said Henson turned around and fired shots at the victims.
The shots hit Cunningham in the right leg and foot, and King above the left eye, according to the police report. Newman and Henson then fled.
"There's no good ending. She got in way above her head," said Newman's defense attorney, Steve Schusterman.
King's mother declined to comment after the hearing.
"It should have been more," said Yvonne Jackson, whose mother lived at 436 Byars Street.
Newman's parents were present at the hearing. They said Newman was a good kid. She had graduated high school and wanted to go into the military and get a law degree.
"We knew what was coming (in the hearing). We knew what was going to be said," said Dacovan Cloud, Newman's father. "That doesn't make it any easier."
"All three are taking the rap for the actions of one person," he said.
Police have not yet located Henson, who also goes by "B-Mo."