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Clyo man sentenced to 20 years in prison

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Darryl Lovett (Source: ECSO) Darryl Lovett (Source: ECSO)

An Effingham County man charged with murder in the beating death of his houseguest took a plea deal and has been sentenced.

Darryl Lovett, 51, of Clyo, is accused of using a shovel in the slaying of 63-year-old Arthur Scruggs in July.

Effingham County sheriff's deputies said it started as a family argument on Sam Smart Road in Clyo. Autopsy results show Scuggs died from multiple blunt force injuries to the head.

Lovett's trial was scheduled to start Friday. He instead took a plea deal to have charged reduced to voluntary manslaughter.

He was sentenced to 20 years in prison. All the other charges dropped.

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