Crime

August 14, 2014

Rock Hill man who fled to Florida after 2013 killing pleads guilty

One of three suspects charged with murder in a shooting death at a Rock Hill apartment complex last year has pleaded guilty to charges connected with the crime, prosecutors said.

One of three suspects charged with murder in a shooting death during a robbery at a Rock Hill apartment complex last year has pleaded guilty to charges connected with the crime, prosecutors said.

In November, Jordan Poirier, 20, was shot to death in his Stone Haven apartment, near Celanese Road. The shooting took place within yards of a day care center, with dozens of children and other apartment residents nearby.

Police charged three men – Keynan McClinton, Desmond Cunningham and Laterrious Ashley – with murder, armed robbery and other crimes.

Ashley was wounded in the fracas and was arrested after being released from the hospital. Cunningham and McClinton fled to Florida before turning themselves in the next month.

Police arrested several more people soon afterward, alleging that family members and others helped the fugitives hide at a motel.

McClinton, 21, pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempted armed robbery, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, and conspiracy, said Willy Thompson, 16th Circuit deputy solicitor. Because he agreed to cooperate with authorities, sentencing was deferred until after Cunningham and Ashley appear in court.

McClinton will serve from 12 to 20 years in prison under the negotiated plea deal.

Also Wednesday, McClinton’s mother and girlfriend, who helped him flee to Florida, pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice.

Arliver McClinton, Keynan McClinton’s mother, was sentenced to the 91 days she already had served after spending the 2013 holidays in jail.

Shakira McCullough, Keynan McClinton’s girlfriend, who was in jail for four months after being charged, was sentenced to probation.

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