Kelvin Merriweather pled guilty to ABHAN in front of the Honorable J. Cordell Maddox, Jr. and received a sentence of 20 years provided upon the service of 10 years active time and followed by 5 years of probation. The defendant will receive credit for the 404 days he has already served in jail. Assault and Battery of High and Aggravated Nature is classified as both a Violent and Serious offense, and is not parole eligible.
This charge originated on November 18, 2018 when the victim was leaving her home in her vehicle and she was approached by the defendant in this case. They had never met before this incident. The defendant told the victim he was looking for her husband. He asked her to call her husband for him, which she did, but her husband did not answer the phone. The defendant then became agitated and began to reach into the victim’s vehicle. The victim put her vehicle in reverse and accelerated toward the roadway, but the defendant began to fire at her vehicle, striking her in her right hand and injuring her. The victim then drove herself to the hospital. She identified the defendant in a 6 person photo lineup and following his arrest the defendant confessed to the incident. All of this occurred within Anderson County.
Investigator Kenny Pigman with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office headed this investigation, and Senior Assistant Solicitor Lauren Davis Price handled the proceedings in Court for the State.