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Jasper County man pleads guilty to voluntary manslaughter in 2014 shooting death

Byron Singleton (Source: Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor's Office) Byron Singleton (Source: Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor's Office)
JASPER CO., SC (WTOC) -

A Jasper County man received a 20-year sentence on Thursday after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter in a 2014 shooting death. 

The Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor's Office says 45-year-old Byron Singleton of Hardeeville also received a five-year sentence for possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. The sentences, handed down by Circuit Court Judge Perry M. Buckner, will be served concurrently. 

Officials say Singleton shot Dwayne Manuel three times during the Nov. 12, 2014, dispute on Church Street in Hardeeville. Witnesses said the men had a verbal disagreement over Singleton's girlfriend the day of the shooting. They also said they heard three gunshots and later saw Singleton drive to Millstone Boat Landing in the Purrysburg community, where he tossed a gun into the river. 

'The incident quickly escalated when the defendant decided to go and get a gun to deal with his problem,' Jasper County Career Criminal Prosecutor Assistant Solicitor Mary Jones said, in a release. 'Mr. Singleton then tried to cover up his crime by tossing the gun and burning the clothes he wore during the shooting. It's clear that he put a lot of thought into his actions, and now he has the time to reflect on them.'

Authorities say Singleton's record dates back to 1990 and includes armed robbery and criminal domestic violence. He must serve a minimum of 85 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole. 

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