Chesterfield, SC - CHESTERFIELD, SC (WMBF) – A Pageland man pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and other charges moments before a jury trial was scheduled to begin.
Dameion Rivers, 21, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and possession of a weapon during commission of a violent crime in regards to an August 2007 homicide in Pageland, SC.
The guilty plea came in moments after a jury was selected and opening statements were scheduled to begin. The Fourth Circuit Solicitor's Office was prepared to begin trial and did not make any plea bargain recommendations in exchange for the guilty plea.
Rivers was charged after he fired a fatal shotgun blast at Tavish Dunlap, also of Pageland. Dunlap died after being airlifted to Carolina's Medical Center in Charlotte, NC.
After being detained by police, Rivers confessed to shooting Dunlap and led police to the weapon, which he dumped off Highway 74 in Monroe, NC.
Judge Paul M. Burch sentenced Rivers to 19 years on the manslaughter charge and five years on the weapon charge. The sentences will run concurrently.
Rivers is not eligible for parole until he serves 85 percent of his sentence.