Damien Grate

Grate

A man has been sentenced to two decades in prison after pleading guilty to killing another man outside a Pawleys Island club in the summer of 2018.

Damien C. Grate of Pawleys Island received a 20-year sentence for voluntary manslaughter on June 17. He pleaded guilty to shooting 24-year-old Lamar Easterling.

The shooting happened outside a club on Petigru Drive around 2:30 a.m. on July 24, 2018. Witnesses told deputies that Grate shot Easterling in the chest during an altercation. Grate was then attacked by a crowd of people.

An incident report says Easterling and Grate were lying on the ground when deputies arrived. Witness said the two men had an argument inside the club and then went outside before the shooting occurred.

Easterling was taken to Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital where he later died.

Grate pleaded guilty in Georgetown County Court and was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Larry B. Hyman. Richard D. Todd Jr., senior assistant solicitor, prosecuted the case for the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

In late March of this year, another shooting left two men dead at the same club, located east of Waverly Road. Sheriff Lane Cribb vowed to have the club shutdown, and the county later deemed the building an “unsafe structure” due to a damaged septic tank.