A man has received a life prison sentence without parole today for shootings that claimed the life of Chesnee man and seriously injured a Chesnee woman.
Steven Richard Lewis, 31, of Greensboro, N.C., was found guilty of murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, kidnapping and first-degree burglary at the conclusion of a three-day jury trial. Circuit Judge Derham Cole’s sentence included a consecutive 30-year prison sentence for the attempted murder conviction.
The shootings occurred about 5:15 a.m. on May 22, 2015 at a home on Highway 11 West near Chesnee. Carey Mauldin, 40, of Chesney (pictured below), was found inside the one-story home with multiple gunshot wounds to his head and torso.
Mauldin’s girlfriend, Casey Lee Scruggs, 30, of Cowpens, was bound around her head, wrists and ankles with duct tape. Ms. Scruggs was shot in the head when she tried to leave the house. She survived the gunshot and was able to go to a neighbor’s home for help after Lewis and his accomplice, Jason Andrew Cash, 25, of Inman, fled the crime scene in Mauldin’s car.
Cash and Lewis were arrested days after the shooting in Greensboro where they fled in Cash’s car after hiding the stolen car near Campobello. The stolen car was left on land owned by Cash’s relatives.
Deputy Solicitor Derrick Bulsa and Assistant Solicitor Nick Sharpe’s case included testimony from Casey Scruggs, neighbors of the crime scene, police and multiple members of the Cash family.
Cash received a life prison sentence without parole in March after he was found guilty of murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, kidnapping and first-degree burglary.
For more crime news, pick up this week’s edition of The Jail Report, sold in local convenience stores.