Convicted killer sentenced to life without parole

Armando Chestnut

An Horry County jury found Armando K. Chestnut guilty for the killing of Jamell McFadden and the shooting of Damien Canty.

The jury found Chestnut, who is also known as Barnyard, guilty of Voluntary Manslaughter, Attempted Murder, Pointing and Presenting a Firearm, and Assault and Battery 2nd Degree.

Chestnut was previously convicted of Voluntary Manslaughter in 1995. Because his previous conviction was a Most Serious Offense and this conviction was another Most Serious Offense, under South Carolina law, Chestnut must be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

On March 6, 2012, Chestnut got into an altercation outside the 3rd Avenue Sports Bar and Grill in Myrtle Beach, according to police.

Chestnut fired three shots, hitting Jamell McFadden, 35, from Kingstree. McFadden died at the hospital.

Damien Canty was shot in the elbow. The bullet was removed from Canty's arm and traced back to Chestnut's handgun, according to a press release from the Horry County Solicitor's Office.

Three shell casings and an additional bullet were found at the scene and all traced back to Chestnut's gun, the release went on to say.

The Myrtle Beach Police Department and the Fifteenth Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit, with assistance from the State Law Enforcement Department, worked together to arrest Chestnut.