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Murderer gets life plus 65 years

A Columbia man received a life sentence Tuesday after being convicted on two counts of murder in an incident in which he became enraged at a bartender who refused to serve him.

Judge Casey Manning sentenced Thomas Walker Gaskins, 29, to 65 additional years for shooting, but not killing, three others on the scene - a bar customer, a security guard and a bouncer.

The incident took place in February 2007 at the 360 Sports Grill on Bush River Road in Richland County.

Gaskins did not testify at the seven-day trial. The jury was out less than three hours. Fifth Circuit deputy solicitor John Meadors and assistant solicitor Joanna McDuffie prosecuted the case. Attorneys Joe McCullough and Kathy Schillaci defended Gaskins.

The two people Gaskins killed were John Adams, 29, a security guard, and Shannavia Williams, 27, a bystander.

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