Man Pleads To Lesser Charge In Greenville Club Murder

A man charged with last December's murder outside a Greenville nightclub has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

Eric Gilbert this morning pleaded to involuntary manslaughter in the death of Derek Brathwaite. He was sentenced to serve five months in prison, followed by one year of intensive probation and three years of regular probation.

Gilbert had originally been charged with second degree murder for the shooting outside Club Fuzion on West 5th Street on December 4th.

Prosecutors say Gilbert was on his way to meet a friend, Ernest Wright, at the club. They say Wright was shot in the face by Brathwaite and Gilbert arrived, seeing his friend running away from Brathwaite, who was still armed. Gilbert drew his weapon and shot Brathwaite, killing him.

Gilbert also has to pay nearly $8,000 for the cost of the victim's funeral and burial, and must develop and prepare a presentation on the dangers of firearms and alcohol, along with the importance of keeping good company. He must share that presentation with children at schools and churches whenever possible.

And as in the Phillip Lewis case, the same judge gave Gilbert several days to report to jail. The man is to start his sentence on Thursday at 9:00 a.m.

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