Hartsville man gets 16 years in 2019 workplace shooting

Michael McKinnon Gainey. PHOTO COURTESY OF DCDC

A Hartsville man will serve 16 years for attempted murder in a 2019 workplace shooting in Hartsville. Fourth Circuit Solicitor Will Rogers said Michael McKinnon Gainey, 50, pleaded guilty Aug. 23 to attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. The case was scheduled for trial and the defendant pleaded before a jury could be selected. The incident occurred in Hartsville on July 3, 2019. Gainey shot a supervisor at their workplace. He was sentenced by Judge Paul Burch to 16 years on the attempted murder charge and a concurrent five years on the weapons charge. “A workplace shooting like this is always troubling,” said Rogers. “Thankfully the victim has recovered from his wound and no other employees were harmed.” “Scheduling trials for violent offenders like this are the highest priority as we continue to work though the limitations COVID-19 has put on the criminal justice system.” During the guilty plea, the State asked the court to impose a sentence of up to 20 years.

Author: Rachel Howell

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