Lexington County man sentenced to 28 years, no parole, for shooting death
According to the Eleventh Circuit Solicitor’s Office, Eddie Louis Bass III, 30, from Lexington County, was sentenced Monday to 28 years in prison for the shooting death of Malcom Cruz Jones, 27. The incident occurred in the Gaston area in 2018. Bass pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter last week in Lexington County. The charge is a “no parole” offense in South Carolina.
Information obtained during the investigation by the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department revealed that Bass was involved in the illegal trade of narcotics. He arrived at a residence on Blackville Road around 12:50 a.m., January 31, 2018 and initiated an altercation with the victim, according to the solicitor’s office.
The investigation determined Bass was armed with a handgun in his pants. Evidence obtained during the crime scene investigation and autopsy concluded that Bass assaulted Jones with the handgun (a Bersa Thunder 380) which resulted in blunt force injuries. Bass then fired the weapon, striking Jones with a .380 round.
Bass fled the scene following the shooting, but was later apprehended Feb. 14 by deputies with the Lexington County Fugitive Task Force. The firearm used in the homicide was never recovered.
Jones’s family members voiced how his death has impacted their family and his three young children during the sentencing hearing.
Bass was transported to the S.C. Department of Corrections to begin his immediate serving of his sentence.