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Bennettsville man gets 8 years for killing of Charlotte man

Photo of Keith Hicks provided by law enforcement officials. WPDE background

Keith Hicks, 39, was sentenced to serve 8 years in prison for the 2013 killing of 42-year-old Gregory Pete Purvis, according to Fourth Circuit Solicitor Will Rogers.

Hicks was sentenced after entering an Alford Plea to voluntary manslaughter, meaning that he did not plead guilty to this crime but agreed to the plea deal.

Rogers said the plea came because the state's case was very circumstantial. He said no murder weapon was ever found and no confession was ever made.

Purvis was found shot to death outside a home on North Everette Street in September 2013.

Purvis lived in Charlotte, but grew up in Bennettsville and was in town visiting relatives when he was killed.

Bennettsville police have never released a motive in the shooting.

Hicks was out of jail on bond since the shooting and is represented by Attorney Ralph Wilson of Horry County.

Fourth Circuit Deputy Solicitor Kernard Redmond prosecuted the case for the state.

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