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Jasper County man receives two life sentences in 2015 slaying of Lowcountry couple

Joshua Poacher (Source: 14th Circuit Solicitor's Office) Joshua Poacher (Source: 14th Circuit Solicitor's Office)
Joshua Poacher (Source: 14th Circuit Solicitor's Office) Joshua Poacher (Source: 14th Circuit Solicitor's Office)
RIDGELAND, SC (WTOC) -

The man convicted of murdering an elderly Lowcountry couple back in 2015 received two life sentences on Thursday. 

Officials say 22-year-old Joshua Poacher was found guilty Wednesday of two counts of murder, one count of armed robbery, and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime in the Aug. 16. 2015 deaths of 72-year-old Kantibhai Patel and his 67-year-old wife, Hansaben Patel. 

The Patels lived and worked at the Point South motel as housekeepers. Officials say Poacher entered their room that morning, shot and killed them, and stole several items, including foreign currency and a debit card that he tried to use 15 times before he was arrested later that day. 

Officials say 14th Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone called the Patels' deaths "a cold-blooded execution," and said the only appropriate sentence for Poacher was life in prison. 

In addition to the two life sentences, Circuit Court Judge R. Lawton McIntosh sentenced Poacher to 30 years in prison for armed robbery and five years for having a deadly weapon. He received the maximum sentences. 

According to a press release, Stone said, 'Mr. Poacher is exactly where he needs to be. Mr. and Mrs. Patel were truly innocent people. They were getting ready for work when they were gunned down. They hadn't even had time to put on their shoes.' 

Stone said Mrs. Patel was bending over her dead husband when Poacher shot her in the back. 

"She was not a threat. She didn't have a weapon. She was not close to being a threat to begin with. That's what I was trying to stress to the judge. If he had plead guilty, I would have asked for a life sentence," Stone said. I honestly believe the unfired bullet on the porch...he had a bullet in the chamber. He didn't drop the gun and the bullet fall out. He cocked the gun and it fell out. He walked in there with the intent of doing that."

Jasper County Career Criminal Prosecutor Mary Jones assisted Stone in the case. 

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