First of six charged in 2016 murder of 16-year-old pleads guilty, gets stiff sentence

January 11, 2019

One of the six individuals charged in connection to the murder of a 16-year-old Aiken County high school student in 2016 pleaded guilty Thursday, and the judge’s sentence ensured he won’t see freedom for at least the next three decades.

Rayquan McCorkle, 18, of New Ellenton, pleaded guilty to the murder of Jordan Shores, first-degree burglary, two counts of attempted murder and armed robbery, according to court records.

In accordance with his guilty plea, McCorkle’s charge of possession of a firearm during a violent crime was dropped.

The judge sentenced McCorkle on Thursday to 35 years in prison. He must serve day-for-day the entirety of his sentence, records show.

McCorkle, who was just 15 at the time of the murder, is just the first of five to be sentenced in this case.

His brother 19-year-old Reihem Faisson McCorkle is also charged in the murder, along with Ronquavis James Howard, 19, of Aiken; Undraize Antonio Dixon, 20, of Warrenville; Deonte Raequan Schultz, 19, of Beech Island; and Aikel Leetrez Harrison, 21, of Aiken.

These five are all still facing charges of murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, first-degree burglary, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and discharging a firearm into a dwelling, according to jail records.

They all remain in custody at the Aiken County detention center.

Shores, a student at Midland Valley High School, was killed Nov. 18, 2016, after police say all six suspects broke into a Clearwater area home, fatally shot Shores and pistol-whipped another 16-year-old boy before fleeing the scene with a PlayStation4.

On Nov. 18, 2016, deputies with the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Fairview Avenue home early in the morning after a uniformed officer in a shopping center at 4435 Jefferson Davis Highway heard gunshots coming from the area of Fairview Road. The vehicle, described as a red sedan traveling at a high rate of speed, fled the scene after the officer attempted to stop the car, Captain Eric Abdullah, with the Sheriff’s Office, said.

A short while later, police responded to the 1000 block of Fairview Road after someone called 911 in reference to a shooting incident.

When police arrived, they found Shores in the living room unconscious where a large pool of blood had formed beneath him, according to a police report.

Another teenage victim, 16, told police he and Shores had been playing video games when three unknown subjects entered the home through an unlocked front door, and they were each armed with handguns and were wearing masks, the report said.

The victim told police one suspect fired his gun several times in their general direction, while another approached the second victim and struck him several times in the face with the blunt end of his firearm, police reported.

The suspects left the home with a PlayStation4 and fled the scene while firing additional rounds into the home, police reported.

Shores was rushed to Augusta University Medical Center, but he was pronounced dead at 9:15 a.m. on Nov. 19, 2016, according to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton.

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