Originally created 09/09/06

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Convicted murderer moved off death row

CHARLESTON - A convicted murderer who spent 15 years on death row has been sentenced to life in prison after the state Supreme Court ruled there were errors during his trial.

Herman Henry Von Dohlen was convicted in 1991 of killing a 21-year-old woman in a Goose Creek dry cleaning shop. But two years ago, the court granted a new sentencing hearing.

The court upheld the murder and robbery convictions but ruled that Mr. Von Dohlen's defense attorneys did not adequately present evidence covering the degree of his alleged mental illness at the time of the killing.

On Thursday, Circuit Judge Markley Dennis sentenced Mr. Von Dohlen to life with the possibility of parole after 30 years.

Since he has already served time, Mr. Von Dohlen could be eligible for parole in 15 years, prosecutor Ralph Hoisington said.

Developer plans to build condominium

GREENVILLE - A Greenville developer is planning a $20 million, 10-story, 60-unit condominium project in the town's West End.

Developer Tom Croft, who has successfully completed two condominium projects downtown, said the latest building would be as tall as City Hall.

Some members of the city's Design and Preservation Commission, which would have to approve the project, questioned its size.

Mr. Croft said the building needs to have a lot of units to make it financially worthwhile because of the high price of land downtown and escalating construction costs. The nine-member panel didn't vote on the project this week.

Mr. Croft said the project still needs financing and could take two years to finish.

Man gets 30 years in death of 19-year-old

YORK - A Clover man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for the shooting death of a Lake Wylie man.

Barry Bolin, 20, was sentenced Wednesday by Circuit Judge John Hayes on a charge of voluntary manslaughter.

Bobby Royce Hovis III, 19, was killed Feb. 18 when someone fired into the car he and several other people were in, prosecutors said.

Mr. Bolin's attorney, Leland Greeley, expects to file an appeal.

Ronald Lee Owens, 35, of Clover, pleaded guilty at the beginning of the trial to firing a gun into an occupied vehicle and two counts of assault with intent to kill. Mr. Owens was sentenced to five years in prison and five years of probation.

10 taken to hospital after city bus wreck

COLUMBIA - Ten people were taken to the hospital after a city bus was involved in a wreck Friday, a spokesman for Richland County emergency medical services said.

The wreck involving the Central Midlands Regional Transit authority bus happened about 8:30 a.m., just east of the downtown area.

The people taken to the hospital were reported in good condition, said George Rice with Richland County emergency medical services.

Police were investigating the cause of the accident.

- Edited from wire reports