Man who ran over mourners at a funeral sentenced to more than 80 years in prison

Kester found guilty in cemetery attack

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The man who drove his car into a crowd of mourners at a graveside funeral has been sentenced to more than 80 years in prison.

James Kester was found guilty on 8 charges of assault and battery in Richland County last week.

James Kester was sentenced to more than 80 years in prison after he was found guilty on 8 charges of assault and battery.
James Kester was sentenced to more than 80 years in prison after he was found guilty on 8 charges of assault and battery. (WIS)

Last year, Kester drove his car into a crowd at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Columbia, hitting 12 people.

They all survived.

A funeral was being held at the time for an employee with the South Carolina Department of Mental Health.

Police said during the investigation, they believe Kester carried out the attack because he had a longstanding grudge against the department.

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