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Augusta Man Arrested in Young Woman’s Shooting Death


An Augusta man has been arrested in Saturday morning’s shooting death of a young mother.

Scott MugMichael Anthony Scott, 23, is being held on charges of involuntary manslaughter and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime in the death of his girlfriend, 22-year-old LaShawn Sims.

(Scott is pictured above in an old mugshot for marijuana possession. Credit to WRDW-TV for the updated mugshot taken Saturday, at right.)

The shooting apparently happened while Scott had been drinking and was cleaning the gun at 2 in the morning, according to Sheriff Richard Roundtree.

“He failed to clear a round out of the chamber,” Sheriff Roundtree said.

Sims was shot once at 2:30 a.m. on Bertram Court in Augusta and was pronounced dead at the hospital at 3:22 a.m., Chief Deputy Coroner Kenneth Boose Sr. said in a press release.

Sheriff Roundtree said their investigation shows there was no malice or vindictiveness in the shooting.

According to state officials, “involuntary manslaughter” occurs when a person kills someone doing something legal in an illegal way. It’s a death that results due to an act of recklessness or criminal negligence.

Sims Death2Friends of Sims remembered her as a friendly person who worked at a local Walmart and always had a smile. She is survived by a young son, Brice.

Sims and Scott are pictured together in several photos on the victim’s Facebook page, but their relationship was not immediately clear.

Scott is being held without bond in the Richmond County Detention Center.

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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