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Reid to serve 30-year term in gang slaying

Posted: May 26, 2011 2:00 p.m.
Updated: May 27, 2011 5:00 a.m.

More than three years after the gang-related shooting death of a 17-year-old Camden youth, the triggerman, Markelle Jamar Reid, was sentenced Thursday morning to a day-to-day 30-year sentence by Circuit Court Judge G. Thomas Cooper Jr.

Reid, 18 at the time of the shooting, pled guilty to murder in July 2009 in the death of Michael Joseph Smith on Dec. 7, 2007. Along with his plea, Reid accepted an agreement to testify, if necessary, against any of his co-defendants in exchange for the set sentence. He could have faced up to life in prison.

Reid’s testimony assisted the investigation of Byron Michael Wood, who gave Reid the order to “ride someone” to get back into Camden’s Nine Trey Bloods gang. Wood pled guilty to a lesser charge of accessory after the fact during a Feb. 24 hearing at the Kershaw County Courthouse.

The shooting took place at the Wall Street McDonald’s after a fight broke out between Smith and four of Reid’s 10 co-defendants. As Smith tried to get away, a crowd formed and chased him outside where -- as Smith ran around some gas pumps -- Reid fired a shot into the air. Smith froze, giving Reid the time to aim the 12 gauge shotgun, fire and shoot. Smith died at the scene.

“I can’t begin to explain what Mr. Reid has taken away from me,” Smith's mother, Jody Hancock, said before the sentencing. “He never apologized. He never showed any remorse. He had no reason to do what he did. (Reid) robbed not just me, but Michael’s brothers and sisters. Michael was going to be somebody.”

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