Georgetown Man Sentenced to Life in Prison
MAR 04 -- Columbia, South Carolina---- United States Attorney Kevin F. McDonald and Rodney G. Benson, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the DEA Atlanta Field Division (AFD), announced today that EDWARD MCCAIN, age 18, of Georgetown, South Carolina, was sentenced today in federal court in Charleston, South Carolina, for using a firearm to murder one man and injure another, both he believed were acting as informants against him. Senior United States District Judge Patrick Michael Duffy of Charleston, sentenced MCCAIN to life imprisonment with no possibility of parole. Because McCain was 17 years old at the time of the shooting, he was not eligible for the death penalty.
Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that on November 14, 2008, McCain set up a meeting with the two victims, after receiving information that one or both of the men had assisted law enforcement in a major investigation. McCain arranged for the victims to park their car on Gilbert Street in Georgetown, then approached the car and fired at least six shots into it, striking both men. One of the men was killed, while the other suffered serious injury. McCain admitted that he intended to kill both men so that they would not pass information on to law enforcement regarding his drug trafficking activities.
The case was jointly investigated by agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Georgetown Police Department, and the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division also provided assistance. Assistant United States Attorney Peter Phillips of the Charleston office handled the case.
DEA Atlanta’s SAC Benson encourages parents, along with their children, to educate themselves about the dangers of legal and illegal drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at www.justthinktwice.com, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov.