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Man sentenced to 25 years for bar fight shooting

Jun 8, 2011 11:52:00 AM - thestate.com
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, of West Columbia was sentenced Friday to 25 years in prison by Judge Knox McMahon, Solicitor Donnie Meyers said. He also was convicted of possession of a weapon during a violent crime after the four-day trial.

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, Meyers said.

During the trial, Torrence testified that he was trying to make a citizen's arrest and he shot Chaplin in self defense.

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