Rock Hill man gets 28 years for role in Chester shooting death

CHESTER -- A Rock Hill man was sentenced to nearly three decades in jail Monday for his role in the shooting death of Jules Deon Crosby.

Brandon Byers was sentenced Monday to 28 years for voluntary manslaughter by Judge Brooks Goldsmith, who held the sentencing in Chester County, according to 16th Circuit Solicitor Kevin Brackett. Byers also received 28 years each for two counts of kidnapping, as well as 28 years for armed robbery and first-degree burglary.

Byers of 1226 Crawford Road received five years each for criminal conspiracy and for possession of a weapon during a violent crime, Brackett said. All sentences will run concurrently.

The charges against Byers and his co-defendant, Isaac Bouler, stem from the Oct. 14 shooting of Crosby, who was killed after Byers and Bouler went into Crosby's home to collect drug money, Brackett said.

It was unclear if money was missing from the home, although Brackett said guns were missing.

Byers had a .25 caliber pistol that he fired twice in the home, hitting Crosby twice in the shoulder.

"They were non-fatal," Brackett said. "The fatal shot was fired outside by Bouler's 9 mm."

Byers pleaded guilty to multiple charges in April. His sentencing was delayed until Bouler appeared in court last week. Bouler pleaded guilty to several charges, including voluntary manslaughter and first-degree burglary.