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Home  |  News  |  Kenyatta Bryant found guilty of murder and sentenced to forty-five (45) years in prison

Kenyatta Bryant found guilty of murder and sentenced to forty-five (45) years in prison
Thursday, June 23, 2011

 
COLUMBIA, SC - Kenyatta Andre Bryant was found guilty today of murder in the March 22, 2010 shooting death of Andrew Decker of Columbia. The Honorable James Barber sentenced twenty-three (23) year old Bryant to forty-five (45) years in the South Carolina Department of Corrections for his role in the murder. Co-defendant, Jonathan J. Holloway’s trial is not yet scheduled.

According to 5th Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson, “when the defendant’s plan to rob the victim didn’t go as smoothly as predicted, instead of aborting the plan, he escalated the robbery attempt to murder. Both crimes were senseless and the end result is that Mr. Decker’s young life has ended and Mr. Bryant will spend the best years of his youth and adulthood behind bars.”

Mr. Decker, also twenty-three (23) years old, was shot in the face at point blank range in the attempted robbery, associated with a fake drug deal. During the trial, Bryant’s credibility and participation in the crime were compromised by the various inconsistent statements he made to the Richland County Sheriff’s office and his testimony at trial. The State’s case was further strengthened by the defendant’s fingerprints on the driver-side window and car key, as well as the victims blood and DNA on Bryant’s hat.

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