Man sentenced to 40 years for home invasion

On May 15, an Horry County jury convicted Jeremy Fleming of Burglary in the First Degree and Attempted Murder.

Judge Edward B. Cottingham sentenced Fleming to serve 20 years for each of the crimes consecutively.

Fleming must serve the first sentence before he can begin serving the second sentence. Both charges are considered "no parole" offenses, mandating no early release prior to serving 85 percent of each sentence.

Fleming's prior record includes Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, Assault and Battery of a high and Aggravated Nature and Second Degree Burglary. Fleming has other current pending charges, including another Attempted Murder.

He is awaiting trial on those charges and is presumed innocent.

The case for which Fleming was tried and convicted stems from a Burglary that occurred at Iveystone Apartments on October 16, 2011.

During the course of trial, testimony revealed Fleming and another person asked friends to drive them to the apartment complex under the pretense of "going to get money."

After Fleming and the other person left the vehicle, testimony revealed both men, while wearing hooded sweatshirts, masks and gloves, and arming themselves, forced their way into a home.

The occupants of the house tried to fight back and one of the defendants fired a single shot into the victim, causing severe injuries.

A roommate of the victim was able to chase the masked men away.

Horry County Police received tips regarding the identities of the criminals and were able to arrest them on October 19, 2011.

Jury selection started in the morning of Tuesday, May 15, and the jury returned their verdict at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16,.