A Gaffney man was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Friday after a jury found him guilty of voluntary manslaughter.
Solicitor Barry Barnette said Hayword Chambers, 53, was found guilty following a Cherokee County four-day trial. Prosecutors argued that Chambers shot 41-year-old Calvin Todd Morgan to death on Nov. 28, 2009.
Gaffney police found Morgan dead after he was shot in the head inside of a Sarratt Street home and said Chambers left the crime scene without calling police. Chambers hid his car at a family member's home before he went to his house and changed out of his blood-covered clothing, Barnette said.
Police arrested Chambers hours later at his Broad Street home after receiving a tip through a 911 telephone call.
Chambers and Morgan didn't know each other prior to Nov. 28 when Chambers went to the Sarratt Street home to get crack cocaine, Barnette said. He said Chambers shot Morgan after getting into a fight with him and Morgan's girlfriend.
Chambers must serve at least 80 percent his sentence before he is eligible for parole. Barnette said he had no prior criminal record.
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