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Man convicted in 2008 Florence murder, sentenced to life

David Gerrard Johnson (Source: Florence PD) David Gerrard Johnson (Source: Florence PD)
Willie Mae Hayes (Source: Florence PD) Willie Mae Hayes (Source: Florence PD)

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) A man accused of murdering an elderly woman during a burglary and armed robbery back in August of 2008 has been found guilty by a jury Friday afternoon.

Solicitor Ed Clements told WMBF News Friday that David Gerrard Johnson was found guilty on all count by a jury around 3 p.m. in the murder of then 69-year-old Willie Mae Hayes in late August 2008. Johnson was charged with murder, burglary in the first degree, armed robbery, conspiracy and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Hayes was reported missing by her family after they discovered the back door to her home wide open. Her body was later located in a ditch in Florence County wrapped in a bedspread from her home.

Clements said Johnson was sentenced to life in prison for the murder charge and life in prison for the burglary charge. They sentences will run consecutively and he is not eligible for parole.

Johnson was also sentenced to 30 years in prison for the armed robbery charge, five years for the conspiracy charge and five years for the possession of a weapon charge.

Two additional co-defendants, Rashawn Bailey and Anthony Wilson, are also charged with murder, burglary, armed robbery, conspiracy and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Another defendant, Gregory Montgomery, is charged with burglary in the first degree.

Clements said he expects their cases to be handled individually.

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