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Gaston man sentenced for attempted murder during domestic violence shooting

Lexington, SC - Jeffrey Curry, a 50 year old man from Gaston, pled guilty this week to Attempted Murder, which took place during an act of domestic violence at the Master’s Inn in the City of Cayce. Curry was sentenced to twenty-one (21) years in the Department of Corrections by Circuit Court Judge Eugene C. Griffith, Jr. Attempted Murder is classified as a violent, most serious crime and a “no parole” offense.

Eleventh Circuit Solicitor Rick Hubbard remarked that “domestic violence continues to be a serious problem in Lexington County. Prosecuting domestic violence cases will always be a priority in our office.”

On October 12, 2017, Curry went to the Master’s Inn and confronted the victim, who had recently ended a relationship with him. The victim and her friend attempted to enter their hotel room to escape Curry. Curry followed them and when they attempted to shut the door he forced his firearm into the room and fired, striking the victim’s friend in the abdomen. Surveillance footage from the Master’s Inn clearly captured Curry in the parking lot of the hotel prior to the incident and showed him firing into the hotel room. Investigator Caleb Thomas with the Cayce Department of Public Safety through his investigation was able to place Curry in the area during the time of the shooting.

During sentencing, the victim expressed to the Court that “he [Curry] came there on a mission” to kill her and if not for the presence and quick actions of her friend she would not be alive.

Assistant Solicitor Kate W. Usry prosecuted the case for the Eleventh Circuit Solicitor’s Office. She commented that “this incident highlights the volatile situation that can arise when a victim attempts to leave a relationship.”

Curry has prior convictions for Assault and Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature, Armed Robbery, and Attempted Armed Robbery.

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