A Columbia man pleaded guilty Thursday to stabbing one person to death and injuring another at a Columbia convenience store in January.
Richard Barney Jr., 27, of Columbia pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 25 years in prison for an incident that occurred at Break Time on Business Loop 70 East and Garth Avenue on Jan. 10. As part of a plea agreement, additional charges of first-degree robbery and armed criminal action against Barney were dismissed.
Deandre L. Terry was fatally wounded during the incident. The other man stabbed, Ricky Murray, was hospitalized after the incident. Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Richard Hicks said he expected Murray and two clerks who were working at Break Time to testify had the case gone to trial.
“Based on my experience, I think 25 years seemed appropriate for this when someone is wiling to take responsibility and admit it,” Hicks said.
Murray told police that he and Terry were in Break Time when Barney attacked him. When Terry pulled Barney off Murray, Barney stabbed Terry in the heart. Terry died that same evening at University Hospital.
Barney turned himself in the following day.