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SC man gets life in prison for drug debt killing

Apr 30, 2010 4:12:00 AM - thestate.com
A 23-year-old South Carolina man will spend the rest of his life in prison after authorities said he gunned down a 15-year-old boy over a drug debt owed by the teen's twin brother.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports Rafael Horlbeck showed no emotion as a jury found him guilty of murder and his sentence was handed down Thursday.

Prosecutors say Horlbeck shot Jermel Brown twice in the head as the teen tried to escape from an SUV last summer.

Authorities say Horlbeck had been accused in the beating or shooting of a half-dozen people in the past four years, but hadn't spent a day in prison.

Horlbeck's lawyer asked for a lighter sentence, saying he suffered from a psychotic disorder that got better with medicine.

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