Man pleads guilty to North Myrtle Beach murder, sentenced to 30 years

Published: Mar. 22, 2023 at 1:26 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 22, 2023 at 1:28 PM EDT
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NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - A man will spend the next three decades in prison after pleading guilty to a North Myrtle Beach murder.

Court records show 22-year-old Kameron Horton pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 30 years behind bars on Tuesday. The 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office later confirmed the conviction in a release on Wednesday.

Horton was charged with murder in the January 2022 death of 73-year-old Darrell Johnson in North Myrtle Beach.

According to a police report previously obtained by WMBF News, officers responded to the area of Hillside Drive, where they found Johnson beaten with “blood pooled around his body” and a large laceration on the back of his head.

Horton was arrested less than a week later in Hardeeville.

According to a report from WMBF News partner MyHorryNews, prosecutors said Tuesday that Horton and Johnson never met prior to the day of the killing. Horton reportedly learned about Johnson through the sex offender registry due to a 1988 conviction for child molestation.

The judge also ordered that Horton is not eligible for supervised release and must serve his entire sentence.

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