Tuesday, August 19 2014 7:55 PM EDT2014-08-19 23:55:24 GMT
Deep in a mine shaft in the California desert, the body of a pregnant wife of a U.S. Marine was discovered after a search of nearly two months.More >>
A former Marine charged Tuesday with murder after the body of his alleged lover was found in an abandoned California mine shaft had been looking into how to dispose of a human body, a sheriff's investigator said.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:46 AM EDT2014-08-19 12:46:09 GMT
Twenty people have been rounded up in a month as part of a crackdown on drugs in Saluda County, according to the sheriff's office.Saluda County Sheriff John Perry said most of those arrested on chargesMore >>
Twenty people have been rounded up in a month as part of a crackdown on drugs in Saluda County, according to the sheriff's office.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:10:07 GMT
The police chief for Gulf Shores along Alabama's coast is weighing-in on the actions of the law enforcement commander in charge of Ferguson, Missouri's in the wake of an escalating crisis brought on byMore >>
Gulf Shores Police Chief Ed Delmore wrote a blistering open letter to Captain Ronald S. Johnson, who was given command of law enforcement operations following days of looting and rioting in the city.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:27 AM EDT2014-08-19 14:27:43 GMT
A Maine teenager's mug shot is going viral online after he decided to make a statement with what he wore. Robert Edward Burt, 19, was booked in the Somerset County Jail earlier this month, to performMore >>
Robert Edward Burt, 19, was booked in the Somerset County Jail earlier this month, to perform a sentence from an arrest earlier this year.More >>
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
After five days of testimony, a Richland County jury came to a split decision in the trial of a man investigators said caused the death of another man outside Williams-Brice Stadium following the South Carolina Gamecocks' historic win over the Alabama Crimson Tide in October 2010.
Curtis Simms, 27, will spend the next five years in prison for his role in a fight that ultimately ended with 20-year-old Allen M. Gasque of Marion being run over by a truck on Shop Road. Gasque later died at the hospital.
Judge Diane Goodstein handed down a 10-year sentence with 5 years suspended after the jury found Simms guilty of aggravated breach of peace. Simms was also charged with involuntary manslaughter, but he was found not guilty on that charge.
Simms' attorney said his team's primary goal was to get an acquittal on the involuntary manslaughter charge. "Curtis never felt that he should be held legally responsible for the death of Mr. Gasque," said Johnny Gasser. "We just felt that a number of people were at fault, including Mr. Gasque."
Gasque's mother asked Goodstein for the maximum sentence during a statement she gave in court on behalf of the family.
"Your honor, we ask that you please give Mr. Simms the maximum sentence allowed for his crime," said Regina Gasque. "When he gets out, he'll be able to go home to his family. Unlike Martin, who will never be able to come home to his family."
"He was so excited about going to one of the most exciting football games in Columbia," said Gasque. "Before he left, he slid in my bed, smiled at me and acted like he had the time in the world for his mom. He told me and his daddy that he loved us."
It was a call from the Richland County Sheriff's Department she remembered stating that he was in an accident. "My mother's intuition kicked in, and I knew something was wrong."
"Please do not let another parent go through the hell that we've gone through," concluded Gasque.
Simms stood up and spoke directly to both families before he learned his sentence.
"I would like to apologize to Mr. and Mrs. Gasque for the loss of your son," said Simms. "Mom and Dad, I'm sorry, and thank you for your support."
The sentence comes almost two years and four months after the incident which occurred during what was supposed to be a celebratory environment outside Williams-Brice Stadium.
Just hours after South Carolina beat No. 1 Alabama on Oct. 9, the sea of garnet and black along Shop Road was bathed in blue lights as emergency crews were called upon to help save a man's life.
Crews found Gasque around 9 p.m. at 1054 Shop Road with severe head injuries.
Richland County authorities say a "road rage" fight preceded Gasque's death. According to deputies, a car was trying to merge into traffic on Shop Road when Gasque and Simms, who was 25 at the time, got into an argument.
Gasque and Simms got out of the separate vehicles they were riding in and began fighting, according to investigators. During the fight Simms hit Gasque, who ended up on the ground.
It's not clear whether the blow actually led to Gasque's fall. But he was still down when the driver of the truck he'd been in tried to pull off the road, unaware his friend was in front of the truck.
"It wasn't something where he was speeding off or he made a jerk turn," said deputies in 2010. "He just was trying to ease off the side of the road. It's my understanding he was at a slow rate of speed."
Gasque suffered fatal head injuries. He was transported to Palmetto Health Richland where emergency personnel were unable to save him.
Officials say Gasque and Simms never actually
attended the game, but they both attended parties outside the stadium.
No one else was charged.
Simms, who faced up to 15 years in prison on both charges, will get credit for time served. After finishing his prison sentence, he will be on probation for three years.
Monday, August 18 2014 4:58 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:58:47 GMT
One lane of the interstate has been reopened after it was shut down due to a deadly crash early Monday morning. The South Carolina Highway Patrol reports the collision happened around 3:21 a.m. on theMore >>
One person is dead and five others were injured when a tire blew on the vehicle they were riding in early Monday morning on Interstate 26.
Monday, August 18 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:39:10 GMT
A home was badly damaged in a fire on Quail Rd Sunday. (Source: Beth Baldauf)
A home is likely a total loss after a fire swept through most of the structure Sunday afternoon. Crews were called to a home on Quail Lane near Trenholm Rd and found the home engulfed in flames. No injuriesMore >>
A home is likely a total loss after a fire swept through most of the structure Sunday afternoon. More >>
Sunday, August 17 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-08-18 00:10:48 GMT
Forrest Wood Cup weigh-in Sunday. (Source: Tom Round)
It was a big pay day for Anthony Gagliardi Sunday. The Prosperity native took home the $500,000 grand prize in the Forrest Wood Cup held in Columbia. Anglers from across the nation headed to Lake MurrayMore >>
It was a big pay day for Anthony Gagliardi Sunday.More >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 4:00 AM EDT2014-08-20 08:00:09 GMT
Some of the most beautiful places in South Carolina are just a short drive away from the Midlands. And some of the most interesting places in the state are right in our back yard.Local author and formerMore >>
Some of the most beautiful places in South Carolina are just a short drive away from the Midlands. And some of the most interesting places in the state are right in our back yard.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:55 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:55:40 GMT
You may not have heard of Morgan Reeves or seen any of his election ads on television. That's because the state gubernatorial candidate doesn't have any and he doesn't have any campaign contributions.More >>
Independent candidate Morgan Reeves is looking to level the playing field when it comes to campaigning for elections. More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:53 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:53:16 GMT
For many businesspeople like real estate Jennifer Harding, Fort Jackson is worth fighting for. A loss of jobs on the Army post would have an especially drastic impact on her business."It means a loss ofMore >>
The loss of 3,100 Fort Jackson personnel could have a heavy affect on businesses around the Army post. More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:30 PM EDT2014-08-20 02:30:17 GMT
A slow speed chase in Kershaw County by a 92-year-old man raised a question of how old is too old to drive. The call came in near dusk in Kershaw County. "A reckless driver headed east on I-20 towardsMore >>
A slow speed chase in Kershaw County by a 92-year-old man raised a question of how old is too old to drive. More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:52 PM EDT2014-08-20 01:52:08 GMT
The suspect wanted for shooting into an occupied Sumter home has turned himself in. Terrance D. Haynesworth, 32, was wanted by the Sumter Police for a shooting that took place on Sampson Street on MondayMore >>
Terrance D. Haynesworth turned himself after being wanted for a shooting on Sampson Street. More >>