Gaffney Shooter Gets Max Sentence

Shot two people

Evan Smith
September 11, 2019 - 5:52 pm
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A Gaffney man who shot two people at a popular downtown Gaffney restaurant will face the maximum sentence for his crimes.

Following a three-day trial, Eddie Jo. Motts, age 61, was found guilty on Wednesday of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.  

Solicitor Barry Barnette, who addressed the sentencing in a news release, said it was only by luck that Motts’ “reckless actions” didn’t result in loss of life.

The shooting took place back in March of 2018 at Harold’s Restaurant on North Limestone Street.

Motts had apparently argued with another customers and had been asked to leave. He soon after returned with a gun and shot two individuals.

One of those who’d been shot was the restaurant owner himself, who took a bullet to the chest and side. Another customer was shot in the leg.  

Motts, who was still wielding the weapon when officers arrived on the scene, admitted that his intention had been to kill when he began the shooting.

Motts will serve 30 years for the attempted murder charge and another five for the weapons charge, making him 96 at the time of his release.

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