Startex Man Sentenced to 20 Years

Sentenced for role in shooting spree

February 15, 2019 - 10:30 am

The 7th Circuit Solicitor's Office released the following statement on February 14th, 2019:

A Startex man received a 20-year prison sentence today for a shooting spree at a Lyman bar.

Jody Ray Thompson, 34, was found guilty of 2 counts attempted murder, 2 counts of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and unlawful carrying of a pistol at the conclusion of a 4-day jury trial.

The crime occurred June 26, 2016 at Playoffs Bar in the City of Lyman. When Spartanburg County sheriff’s deputies and officers from the Duncan, Lyman and Wellford police departments arrived at the Little Mountain Road crime scene about 3:30 a.m., they learned that 3 people were shot. Two of the shooting victims had already been transported to the hospital in private vehicles.

One of the shooting victims identified Thompson as the shooter. Thompson was also hit by gunfire. Police followed a blood trail into a nearby wooded area and found Thompson.

Thompson initially claimed he was attempting to diffuse a situation between two other people when he pulled his weapon but video evidence obtained from the parking lot proved otherwise. The video evidence showed Thompson firing multiple gunshots at his victims and others nearby.

Another person at the crime scene fired multiple gunshots during the incident but it was determined he acted in self-defense. The second shooter was a concealed weapon permit holder and he cooperated with the law enforcement investigation.

Each of the shooting victims fully recovered from their injuries.

Assistant Solicitors Spenser Smith and Jennifer Jordan utilized victim testimony, law enforcement testimony and ballistic evidence to prove their case.

Thompson will serve 85 percent of the prison sentence before he is eligible for release. His prior criminal record includes convictions for discharging a firearm, possession of marijuana and criminal domestic violence.

Once Thompson is released from prison, he will serve an additional 5 years of probation, according to Circuit Judge Derham Cole’s sentence.

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