Originally created 01/12/04

Last teen sentenced for slaying of Evans man



The last of four teens accused in the 2002 death of an Evans man was sentenced in a Columbia County court Monday.

Superior Court Judge Bernard J. Mulherin Sr. sentenced Shannon Devon Patton, 18, to life in prison plus 70 years to run concurrently after accepting a plea agreement for Mr. Patton's role in the November 2002 death of Jack Murray, 63.

Mr. Patton, who was Mr. Murray's stepson before a divorce in 2000, received life in prison for kidnapping with bodily injury and the maximum sentences for aggravated assault, robbery, burglary and theft by taking a motor vehicle.

Three other teens already pleaded guilty and were sentenced in the case.

Authorities say the four broke into Mr. Murray's Evans home, robbed and beat him before driving him to Edgefield County, S.C. Mr. Murray was found burned in the trunk of his car on Deep Step Road.

Daniel Joseph Newton Jr., 17, of Evans, pleaded guilty to kidnapping with bodily injury Friday and was sentenced to life in prison.

Marcus Torez McCord, 19, and Randy Allen Conrad II, 17, both of Martinez, were sentenced last month to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to kidnapping and theft by taking.

Mr. Conrad and Mr. McCord will not face charges in South Carolina as part of their plea agreements.

Mr. Patton and Mr. Newton could face the death penalty for murder charges in South Carolina.

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