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SC man pleads guilty to murder in shotgun death

Dec 23, 2010 8:05:00 AM - thestate.com
A Greenville County man accused of killing his ex-wife's boyfriend while their children cowered in a nearby bedroom has pleaded guilty to avoid a possible death sentence.

Multiple media outlets report that 39-year-old Frederick Van Anderson was sentenced to life in prison without parole Wednesday after pleading guilty to the 2008 murder of Steven Gray of Travelers Rest. His trial had been set for Jan. 3.

Police say Anderson broke into his ex-wife's home and shot Gray at least twice with a shotgun.

Authorities say Anderson called for his ex-wife as she and the children hid in a nearby bedroom, then walked several blocks and fired at least 10 shots into his former mother-in-law's home.

Four children were at the second home, but no one was hurt.

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