Friday, July 25, 2014
A 62-year-old Moncks Corner man was sentenced to 30 years in prison for killing his son and shooting his son’s fiancee two years ago.
Johnny Irby was found guilty of murder and attempted murder Thursday in Berkeley County Ninth Judicial Circuit court.
Circuit Court Judge Roger M. Young sentenced Irby to 30 years on each charge, to run concurrently.
According to prosecutors. Telly Irby, his fiancée and her three children had recently moved from Jacksonville, Fla., and were staying with Johnny Irby on Haynesville Road in Moncks Corner.
Court records state Johnny Irby and his son were both intoxicated, and after an argument in front of the home, Johnny Irby walked back to his bedroom to retrieve his pistol.
After shooting his 35-year-old son, authorities say Irby then turned the gun on Michelle Wiggins, then 32, who suffered near-fatal injuries. Irby continued to shoot as she fled the scene with her children.
Irby claimed he shot in self-defense, citing the size and strength of his son, who was a star football player for Berkeley High School and a Clemson recruit.
Irby admitted during cross-examination by Assistant Solicitor Matt Ozment that he had given several conflicting statements about the murder.
The three children, ages 10, 11 and 12, were within inches of Irby during the shootings.
Solicitor Anne Williams said, “The children were lucky to escape; this case could have easily been five counts of homicide instead of one”.