A former McDonald’s store manager in Batesburg-Leesville has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for setting up a robbery that led to the death of a fellow employee.
The South Carolina Attorney General’s Office says 32-year-old Roderquiz Cook has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for setting up a robbery at the restaurant where he worked as the night shift manager.
Cook was found guilty of murder, attempted armed robbery and conspiracy last week in Lexington County.
Prosecutors say Cook had a cousin and a friend stage a robbery while he was working on October 13, 2010. Authorities say Cook told fellow employee 57-year-old Willie Jennings to take out the trash at the designated time. Cook told his co-defendants to point the gun at Jennings and walk him back to the restaurant where Cook would be waiting to give them the money. But investigators say things went wrong when Jennings began fighting with the would-be robbers and was shot once.
Cook’s live-in girlfriend Tasha Matthews was arrested after the shooting along with Angelo Tucker, and Meon Miller after a gun was found in their car.
The Attorney General’s Office said Matthews, Tucker and Miller are still awaiting trial. They testified against Cook.