Waffle House shooter gets 30 years

Matthew McMillan

A Columbia man found guilty last November for a fatal shooting at a Columbia restaurant is sentenced.

Matthew McMillan, 31, was sentenced yesterday to a total of 30 years in prison for second-degree murder, assault, armed criminal action, and weapons charges.

It was during the early morning hours of New Years Day 2018 when McMillan got into an argument with a patron of the Waffle House on Vandiver Drive.  During the argument, McMillan pulled a gun and shot the man in the leg.  A security guard entered from the parking lot, eventually firing a shot that fatally wounded another patron, 30-year-old Anthony Warren.

Although McMillan didn't fire the shot that killed Warren, he was committing a criminal act that contributed to Warren's death.

Meanwhile, the guard who fired the shot is facing a civil lawsuit filed by Warren's family.