A 2014 murder suspect in Anderson County was handed a guilty verdict Wednesday.
Royres Patterson, 28 was found guilty by a jury of murder, attempted murder, and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
Patterson was sentenced to 30 years for the murder and a concurrent 20 year sentence for the attempted murder charge. He was also given an additional 5 years for the weapon possession charge, amounting to a total of 35 years.
The case was reportedly tried over three days time, according to the Attorney General’s office.
Patterson committed the crime on June 7, 2014 when he shot Brandon “Jugg Money” Willingham to death during a drive-by. He also shot Rayshawn Coawn four times during the drive-by shooting.
The trial revealed that this shooting was a retaliation to the death of Anthony Patterson, the defendant’s brother, who was killed the night before Willingham was killed. He reportedly believed the two men resembled his brother’s killers very similarly.
Solicitor Chrissy Adams says, “Street “justice” is not justice and must be dealt with in a court of law. Brandon Willingham lost his life because Royres Patterson thought revenge was justice. Real justice was the guilty verdict rendered by the jury today. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the victims and to the community who lost a promising young artist in his prime.”