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DOMESTIC SHOOTING LEADS TO 20-YEAR PRISON SENTENCE FOR SPARTANBURG MAN

A Spartanburg man received a 20-year prison sentence today for breaking into his estranged wife’s home and shooting a friend of hers.

John C. McCoy, 27, was found guilty of assault and battery with intent to kill and first-degree burglary at the conclusion of a two-day jury trial. McCoy will serve 85 percent of the prison sentence before he is eligible for release.

The crimes occurred Sept. 29, 2004 at the Culpepper Landing apartment complex. Deputy Solicitor Donnie Willingham said McCoy knocked on the door of the home about 1:30 a.m. He forced open the door after she informed him that she had company and asked him to leave. McCoy shot Daniel M. Lyles, Jr., 34, moments after he entered. Royal A. McCoy, 29, fled to her children’s bedroom while John McCoy began struggling with Lyles.

John McCoy chased Lyles into the parking lot of the complex and shot him again before fleeing. Duncan police arrived minutes later and found Lyles sitting in a car. Two residents of the complex told police they heard the commotion in a neighboring unit and witnessed the assault in the parking lot.

Lyles was treated at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center for multiple gunshot wounds. Sheriff’s deputies arrested John McCoy hours after the assault at the Whispering Pines apartment complex.