Damien Inman sentenced to life in prison for murder of 75-year-old woman, burglary

Damien Inman sentenced to life in prison for murder of 75-year-old woman, burglary

DILLON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A man was sentenced Thursday in Dillon after being found guilty of murder, burglary and numerous other charges stemming from a 2009 incident that resulted in the death of a 75-year-old woman.

Damien Inman received a life sentence without the possibility of parole for the murder of Mary Alice Stutts. Inman also received a life sentence for first-degree burglary, confirmed Shipp Daniel with the Dillon County Solicitor's Office. Daniel said that Inman will spend every day of the rest of his life in prison.

Inman had previously received maximum sentences for other charges, including 30 years for armed robbery, five years for conspiracy, and five years for possession a weapon during a violent crime, all to run consecutively.

The special hearing on Thursday was held because Inman was just 17 when he committed these crime, Daniel said. The judge listened to several hours of testimony Thursday before granting the state's request for life sentences without the possibility of parole.

"We are pleased the judge granted our request to sentence this defendant to life in prison," Daniel said. "Given the heinous, senseless nature of this crime, anything short of life in prison would have been inadequate. We are confident the Court considered all appropriate factors in reaching its decision, and on behalf of the family of Mrs. Stutts, we are thankful."

After the judge announced the sentence, Inman attempted to lash out, in spite of being fully retrained and surrounded by deputies, Daniel said. The deputies forced Inman to the ground and carried him out of the courtroom.

This was not the first time Inman lashed out during court proceedings. In June, when his guilty verdicts were read, Inman struck a deputy in the face and spat on a prosecutor.

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