Convicted man wants new trial weeks after pleading guilty

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – A Myrtle Beach man who pleaded guilty less than five weeks ago now says he wants a new trial.

Darrell Faqwan Deas, 35, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter on February 12 for the shooting death of Latron Lewis, 30, in 2015.

The shooting came after a fight in a parking lot on 21st Avenue North.

Deas was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

According to documents obtained by News13, Deas is asking for a new trial, or his sentenced to be overturned.

In the hand-written document, Deas says his attorney, “did not raise the proper issues of defense that could have gotten me less time on my sentence such as, stand your ground & double jeopardy.”

According to a news release from the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office sent in Feburary, the judge “followed a recommendation of a 15-year prison sentence for Deas, who had faced up to 30 years in prison for the manslaughter charge.”

The release also said, “It is a most serious violent offense and Deas must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence.”

Click here for our coverage of Deas’ sentencing.

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