2 Latta men get life sentence plus for 2012 Marion County murder

Blaton Smith | Source: Marion County Sheriff's Office
Blaton Smith | Source: Marion County Sheriff's Office
Shaheed Hayes | Source: Marion County Sheriff's Office
Shaheed Hayes | Source: Marion County Sheriff's Office

MARION COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - After two hours of deliberation, a dozen jurors found two Latta men guilty for the 2012 drive-by shooting and death of Christian Drawhorn on Friday.

Shaheed Hayes received a life sentence, plus 135 consecutive years. He was convicted of the following charges:

- murder

- four counts of attempted murder

- possession of a weapon during commission of a violent crime

- discharging firearm into dwelling

Blaton Wakeem Smith was convicted of murder, four counts of attempted murder, and possession of a weapon during commission of a violent crime. He received a life sentence, plus 125 consecutive years.

Two co-defendants, Willie O'Brian Bethea, of Latta, and Jamie Williams, of Dillon, testified Friday.
Smith and Hayes are expected to be transported to a South Carolina prison on Monday.

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