Former deputy sentenced to 400 years 2006 double murder case

Florence, SC - FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - A former Florence County deputy has been sentenced to 400 years in prison for federal fraud charges related to the deaths of his mother and stepfather.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Buddy Bethea says Timothy James Poole, 36, was sentenced Thursday after a two-week trial. He received 20 years for each of the 20 charges filed against him.

State prosecutors charged Poole with murder shortly after the Aug. 1, 2006, shooting deaths of his mother, Linda Bright-Poole Hilton, and her husband, William Henry "Bubba" Hilton Jr. But those charges were dropped because of a lack of evidence.

Poole was indicted on 20 fraud charges when federal prosecutors said he planned the killings after learning his mother was going to cut him off financially. Prosecutors said Poole executed the couple at their Williamsburg County home, then conspired with his wife to get his mother's inheritance.

Poole served as a former Florence County deputy from 1997 to 2002.

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