A North Charleston teenager will spend up to 15 years in prison for the robbery of a Back. Quintavis Antonio Toomer, now 18, pleaded guilty to attempted armed robbery in the Christmas Eve slaying of Derek Lamar Burgess, 19, along with armed robbery in an unrelated episode. Prosecutors dropped counts of murder and attempted murder. Circuit Judge Markley Dennis sentenced him on April 13 to the year term. He must serve at least 85 percent, or nearly 13 years, of that before being eligible for release.
Toomer had already spent more than a year in jail. This week's filing by Assistant Solicitor David Osborne laid out the facts of the case and the factors that prompted the plea deal:.
Before the fatal encounter, Burgess had linked up with a prostitute named "Queen B" on Back. Later, they talked on the phone and agreed to meet again for sex. But when Burgess showed up early on Dec. Arco Lane, a stranger — alleged to have been Toomer — was with him. Once the prostitute opened the door, the stranger pointed a gun at her head and demanded money.
Burgess and his accomplice then fought with the pimp over control of the gun, thought to be a. The weapon went off three times during the scuffle; Burgess and the pimp were hit. Burgess suffered wounds to his arm and his abdomen.
He collapsed between two parked cars and later died. Officers from the North Charleston Police Department found a. Several people who were not at the scene later told investigators that Toomer had accompanied Burgess to the hotel.
The detectives based Toomer's January arrest on an from Burgess' girlfriend, who said Toomer had dropped off Burgess' car after the killing. But four witnesses at the hotel that day — the pimps, the prostitute and another woman — were not "forthright" with the police and later refused to answer follow-up questions, Osborne said in the court filing.
At the time of the killing, Toomer was free on bail in a July 5,robbery of a man who had just withdrawn money from an ATM on Meeting Street in Charleston. The victim's stolen cellphone was traced to a Cannon Street home, and police eventually developed Toomer as a suspect.
The plea deal resolved his charges in that crime, and the prosecutor said Burgess' mother also ultimately agreed with how the case ended. Reach Andrew Knapp at or twitter. Andrew Knapp is editor of the Quick Response Team, which covers crime, courts and breaking news.
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