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Upstate man gets 30 years for drive-by shooting death

STAFF REPORTS
Published on Thursday, December 9, 2021

A Gaffney man received a 30-year prison sentence Thursday for his role in a fatal drive-by shooting.

Jermaine Jefferies Jr., 23, will serve every day of Circuit Judge Keith Kelly’s prison sentence. Jefferies pleaded guilty to murder, attempted murder, first-degree burglary, attempted armed robbery, discharging a firearm into a dwelling and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime on Sept. 19, 2019. Sentencing was delayed until the resolution of the cases on a co-defendant, Shaun Rogers Jr., 21, of Gaffney.

Overton Good, 23, of Gaffney, died in the Oct. 2, 2018 drive-by shooting on Pleasant School Road.

The investigation revealed that Jefferies and Rogers attempted to force their way into the Good home minutes before the drive-by shooting. Good stopped them at the door. The unwanted visitors left the property in a car driven by Rogers. Rogers drove down the street and turned around. Jefferies fired multiple shots from a passenger window as they passed by the Good residence.

Good died due to a gunshot wound. A second person inside the home escaped uninjured.

Witness descriptions and forensic evidence helped Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies identify Jefferies and Rogers.

Rogers pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, attempted murder, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and discharging a weapon into a dwelling last month and received a 25-year prison sentence. Rogers was found guilty of first-degree burglary and attempted armed robbery in a jury trial that occurred in 2020.

Jefferies will serve every day of the prison sentence. His prior criminal record included a conviction for unlawful carrying of a weapon.

 

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