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Teen gets 15 years for firing weapon into West Columbia home

Damerio Milek Jones, 19, was sentenced to fifteen years following a guilty plea to Discharging Firearms into a Dwelling, Criminal Conspiracy, and Possession of a Stolen Pistol. 

  • On February 3, 2020, Jones, along with a juvenile accomplice, discharged approximately twenty-three bullets into a home on Hammond Avenue in West Columbia just before four o’clock in the morning. When the shooting occurred, a family with three children were sleeping in the home. The investigation revealed that multiple bullets travelled through the home with one bullet travelling just over the bed in the master bedroom as the parents were sleeping.
  • Just prior to the shooting, a witness observed a dark-colored sedan parked in the roadway near where the shooting occurred. After the shooting, one of the victims looked outside and saw a black sedan speed past the home. While law enforcement was on scene investigating, the victim observed the same vehicle drive by. Officers performed a traffic stop on the vehicle and the juvenile accomplice was in the vehicle along with the handgun used in the shooting. The juvenile admitted to his involvement in this shooting and implicated Jones as the shooter. Another witness and recordings of Jones implicated him in the shooting as well. During the investigation, gunshot residue was detected on the juvenile’s hands and on the clothes Jones was wearing. 
  • The juvenile pled guilty this week for his involvement as well and received an active youthful offender sentence.  This case was investigated by the West Columbia Police Department and prosecuted by Eleventh Circuit Assistant Solicitor Sutania A. Fuller.