Lexington, SC - Jeremy Junior Head, a 24 year old Lexington County man, pled guilty this week in the shooting death of his roommate. The homicide occurred at 2100 Steel Drive in West Columbia, when Head killed Antonio “Alex” Cano, age 23, following an altercation.
Head was sentenced to 24 years for the crime of voluntary manslaughter. Circuit Court Judge Eugene C. Griffith, Jr. imposed the sentence. The crime is classified as violent and is a “no parole” offense.
West Columbia Police Department investigators responded to the residence around 10:22 am on October 12th, 2015 after receiving a 911 call from a third party. Investigators arrived to find Cano deceased on the kitchen floor with multiple gunshot wounds. Head fled the scene following the shooting and was later apprehended by the SLED Fugitive Task Force on the following day.
Head provided an audio-recorded statement to law enforcement and admitted that he used an AK-47 firearm in the shooting. The autopsy of Cano determined that he sustained five gunshot wounds, including fatal wounds to the chest and back. Head told investigators that he and Cano had a verbal altercation at the residence and that Cano struck him once in the mouth. Head stated Cano then left the room, pulling the door closed behind him. Head stated that he picked up the AK-47 rifle and fired multiple rounds through the closed door.
After shooting Cano, Head made multiple phone calls to acquaintances and informed them that he “just killed Alex.” He later removed the gun and ammunition from the scene. Head then made arrangements to be transported out of Lexington County.
Deputy Solicitor Suzanne Mayes handled the prosecution of this case on behalf of the 11th Circuit Solicitor’s Office. The case was investigated by Inv. Thomas Griffin of the West Columbia Police Department. Cano was the father of three children and employed by a local restaurant in Lexington County. Family members of Cano, including his wife, brother, and sister, were present at the sentencing hearing to address the court. Family members stated the most difficult aspect of Cano’s death is that his children are all under the age of six and do not understand the absence of their father.