A West Columbia man was convicted last week in a Lexington County court of voluntary manslaughter for shooting a man in a 2008 bar fight.
Andrew E. Torrence, 31, was sentenced Friday to 25 years in prison by Judge Knox McMahon, Solicitor Donnie Myers said. He also was convicted of possession of a weapon during a violent crime after the four-day trial.
According to reports, on Sept. 28, 2008, Torrence picked a fight with Zachariah Chaplin of Columbia at a West Columbia bar, the solicitor said. Torrence, who was drunk, left the bar, went to his car to get a gun and went back inside. Chaplin then rushed at Torrence, who fired twice.
Chaplin was shot in the arm and below his right ear, which caused a spinal cord injury. He died six weeks later from complications of paralysis, Myers said.
During the trial, Torrence testified that he was trying to make a citizen’s arrest and he shot Chaplin in self defense.