Snowfall covers parts of Upstate
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — A winter weather system brought snow to parts of South Carolina on Saturday, forcing some closings.
Greenville County schools canceled all school-related activities scheduled for Saturday afternoon and evening.
Snow fell in parts of the Upstate for several hours Saturday afternoon. The National Weather Service said accumulations of 1 to 2 inches were reported Saturday evening in Taylors, Inman, Wellford, Lyman and Spartanburg.
Crews with the city of Spartanburg’s Public Works Department were out at midnight Saturday coating bridges and hills with a salty mixture to prepare for the wintry weather.
Man sentenced to prison in killing
ST. GEORGE, S.C. — A 19-year-old man who pleaded guilty to robbing and killing a pizza delivery driver in North Charleston last year has been sentenced to 49 years in prison.
Stephawn Brown was sentenced Friday, a day after pleading guilty to murder and armed robbery. He could have been sentenced to life behind bars.
Authorities say Brown and 18-year-old Jontae Davis attacked 20-year-old Maraleius Birdsong when he came to deliver pizza. Investigators said they stole $20 and the food, then Brown shot the delivery man in the back of the head.
Davis pleaded guilty earlier this week and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Ex-pastor wants out of guilty plea
FLORENCE, S.C. — A former Conway pastor who pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from a Ponzi scheme in which people were bilked out of $2.5 million says he wants out of the plea agreement.
Archie Evans says his lawyer pressured him to make a deal with prosecutors that he didn’t fully understand. Magistrate Judge Thomas Rogers assigned a public defender to the case but didn’t vacate the guilty plea.
Evans pleaded guilty in January to mail fraud and a charge of structuring financial transactions. He faces 25 years in prison and $500,000 in fines.
– Associated Press