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Man gets 10 years for forced labor of black man

CONWAY — A white South Carolina man convicted of forcing a black man with intellectual disabilities to work at a restaurant for up to 18 hours a day without pay has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

The Justice Department announced Wednesday that cafeteria manager Bobby Paul Edwards was sentenced to federal prison for forced labor and mandated to pay nearly $273,000 in restitution to Christopher Smith.

The federal agency said in a statement that Edwards began managing the Conway, South Carolina, eatery where Smith worked in 2009.

The Justice Department added that Edwards is also accused of using torture to intimidate Smith into working without benefits, keeping him from speaking with family, hitting him with kitchen items and using racial slurs toward him.

A state assault charge wasn't prosecuted.

Sheriff: Man killed was an 'assassination'

COLUMBIA — A sheriff in South Carolina says a man shot and killed as he drove down a busy road was followed by his killers from a court visit.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said 44-year-old Aaron Evans and 25-year-old Simeon Miller were arrested Wednesday and charged with murder.

Lott says the pair followed 28-year-old Joshua Peterson from the courthouse in downtown Columbia on Nov. 1, ambushing him as he drove on U.S. Highway 1 after he dropped off a passenger.

Lott said at a news conference Evans and Miller had an ongoing problem with Peterson but didn't give specifics.

Lott called the killing an "assassination" and "a targeted hit."

It wasn't known if Evans or Miller had attorneys.

Incumbent who missed deadline wins

REEVESVILLE — The ballot for the mayoral race in a small South Carolina town was blank Tuesday, leaving voters to write in whoever they wanted.

The Post and Courier reports Paul Wimberly didn't know he'd been reelected as the Reevesville mayor until he spoke with a reporter the next morning. Wimberly has been Reevesville's mayor for 34 years, but missed the election registration deadline this year when Dorchester County was put in charge of the race.

The hopeful contenders on the Town Council also missed the deadline, meaning the race had no official candidates. Wimberly said he wasn't too worried, as the 1.6-square-mile town of about 196 people knows his face and name. So he's now back in the $300-per-year leadership role for the town, which relies mostly on volunteer positions.

Man gets 37 years for shooting

BEAUFORT — A man who shot and killed a teen on a sidewalk near a South Carolina beach has been sentenced to 37 years in prison.

Prosecutors say John Ira Duncan III was 15 when he killed another teen who stole marijuana from him in 2015 as they walked on a sidewalk on Coligny Circle on Hilton Head Island.

A judge ruled Duncan could be tried as an adult and a Beaufort County jury found him guilty of murder for killing 17-year-old Dominique Williams in 11 minutes.

Prosecutor Duffie Stone says Duncan told his friends he would kill Williams because he was disrespected by the marijuana theft and a fistfight the day before that Duncan felt he won but others laughed at him.

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