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Man sentenced to 8 years in prison for killing in Bennettsville

Keith Hicks (Source: Bennettsville Police Keith Hicks (Source: Bennettsville Police

MARLBORO COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Keith Hicks entered an Alford plea to voluntary manslaughter on Tuesday in Marlboro County and was sentenced to eight years in prison in the 2013 murder of Gregory Pete Purvis, according to 4th Circuit Deputy Solicitor Kernard Redmond.

Deputy Solicitor Redmond says an Alford plea means Hicks does not admit guilt but does acknowledge that there is evidence to convict him.

Purvis was murdered in September 2013 at a friend’s house on North Everette Street in Bennettsville.

He resided in Concord, North Carolina but grew up in Bennettsville; Purvis was visiting family in Bennettsville at the time of his murder.

The plea was heard by 4th Circuit Judge Roger E. Henderson and the eight-year sentencing was recommended by the state.

Hicks is not eligible for parole, however he will get credit for some time served. That amount will be determined by the South Carolina Department of Corrections.

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