SC man gets 20 years in death of former minister

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on May 25, 2012 at 12:41 PM

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) -- A judge in Rock Hill has sentenced a man to 20 years in prison for his part in the death of a former minister two years ago. 

The Herald of Rock Hill reports (http://bit.ly/Jvsvfw) that Circuit Court Judge John Hayes sentenced 51-year-old Christopher Varnadore on Thursday. Varnadore had pleaded guilty last year to voluntary manslaughter, criminal conspiracy and accessory after the fact. 

The charges stemmed from the death of 44-year-old Richard Leach. 

Varnadore cooperated with authorities in the trial of co-conspirator Steven Spagnoli who was found guilty in April and sentenced to life in prison. 

In September of 2010, deputies responded to a home after a gunshot victim called for help. They found Leach dying of a gunshot wound.
 

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