GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – A man was sentenced Wednesday after a Greenville County jury convicted him of murder, first-degree burglary, attempted armed robbery, conspiracy and possesson of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.
According to a solicitor’s office news release, Tristian Xavier-Marian Cummings, 28, of Greenville, was sentenced to 35 years in prison following his conviction.
Evidence and testimony presented at Cummings’ trial revealed that on March 6, 2016 he and Simeon Williams forced their way into Jeryl White’s home on Burgess Avenue in Greenville with the intent to rob him.
According to the release, White and his girlfriend, April Green, heard Cummings and Williams trying to kick down a side door of the home.
Green called 911 and hid under the bed as the two men forced their way into the home.
Once Cummings and Williams got inside the home, White tried to hide in a bathroom, but Cummings, who was armed with a .45 caliber pistol, fired a shot through the door the bathroom, hitting White in the upper shoulder/neck area.
Cummings, who was demanding money, forced his way into the bathroom and shot White again.
According to the release, Greenville County Sheriff’s Office deputies were notified of a burglary in progress.
When they got on-scene, deputies saw Cummings and Williams inside the home.
Williams was captured in the kitchen of the home.
Cummings reportedly ran out of the front door and was chased into the backyard of the home, where he was arrested.
According to the release, White later died at an area hospital, as a result of gunshot injuries.
Green, who stayed hidden under the bed until deputies arrived on-scene, was not injured in the incident.
According to the release, portions of the burglary and attack on White were captured on the 911 call between Green and dispatchers.