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35 years for Levi Moody murder

Devonta Edward Williams


     Killing a Loris teen who had been a standout athlete will send a Longs man to prison for 35 years, a judge and jury in Conway ruled Thursday.

     Devonta Edward Williams, 21, was convicted of murder and two counts of attempted murder in a Nov. 12, 2016 altercation that claimed Levi Moody, who was 19, and two others standing nearby, said assistant solicitor Seth Oskin. He and senior assistant solicitor George DeBursk prosecuted the case.

     Circuit Court Judge Steven H. John sentenced Williams to 35 years in prison for Moody’s murder, 30 years each on attempted murder charges for the two other men.

     Williams will not be eligible for early release, a news release from the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s said.

     Moody had been a high school football standout at Loris High School and was well known in the community.

     “Detective Brian Wilson and the Horry County Police Department deserve outstanding recognition for a job well done,” Oskin said. “Levi Moody’s life was taken way too soon and I hope the jury’s decision and judge’s sentence helps his family complete the healing process.”

     Look for more on this story in the next Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.