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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

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