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Man given life sentence in Rev. Eichelberger case

Aug 10, 2011 7:32:00 PM - thestate.com
The killer of an 87-year-old, highly respected Columbia minister will spend the rest of his life in prison after a jury convicted him Wednesday of murder.

Frankie Lee McGee, 45, was sentenced to life without parole for the beating death of the Rev. Tryon Eichelberger, an AME church pastor who lived in the Greenview community, said 5th Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson. Eichelberger was beaten with a winch May 3, 2009, and died that July 29 from the injuries.

The brutal beating shocked the community where Eichelberger was known for his generosity to his neighbors. And, his killer remained at large until March 2010 when the Richland County Sheriff’s Department’s crime lab was able to scrape a DNA sample from socks Eichelberger wore as gloves during the beating.

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