Indictment claims Orangeburg man was being paid to kill guard
05/03/2013 12:13 AM
05/03/2013 12:14 AM
The man who allegedly tried to kill a Lee Correctional guard in 2010 was going to get $600,000 for the deed, according to a federal indictment unsealed Thursday.
Sean Echols, 29, was arraigned at the federal courthouse in Columbia Thursday on charges of conspiracy to commit murder for hire, using facilities of interstate commerce in connection with the attempted murder and using and discharging a firearm in connection with a crime of violence.
Echols, of Orangeburg, is accused of shooting Capt. Robert Johnson on March 5, 2010. Johnson, who had worked to rid the Lee County maximum-security prison of contraband, survived the shooting.
Echols faces up to 20 years in prison for the first two charges. If he is convicted of using and discharging a firearm in connection with a crime of violence, he faces between 10 years and life in prison.
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