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Woodruff man sentenced to 30 years for paralyzing man during holdup

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A Woodruff man was sentenced to three decades in prison on Tuesday for his role in a holdup where one person was left paralyzed after being shot at point-blank range.

After a three-day trial, 23-year-old Justin D Reynolds was found guilty of attempted murder, armed robbery, kidnapping, grand larceny and possession of a weapon during a crime of violence, according to the assistant solicitor, Jennifer Jordan.

On April 8, 2012, the victim was found by Woodruff police at the Kelly Acres apartment complex with a gunshot wound to the back of the neck. The victim's pockets were also turned inside out and his shoes were taken off and left nearby, according to Jordan.

The solicitor said in a press release that Reynolds and his half-brother, Jason Tolison, 20, stole from the victim and then took his truck to Laurens County, where they set it on fire.

The victim, Joshua Barrineau, told the jury that he was lured to the apartment for a party, selling drugs and meeting a woman, when he was shot.

Tolison identified the triggerman as Reynolds in court and also identified him in a police lineup while he was in the hospital after the shooting, Jordan said.

"Justin Reynolds' actions were evil and unnecessary," Jordan said. "Joshua Barrineau offered no resistance during the robbery and he was still crippled for life."

Tolison pleaded guilty to attempted murder, kidnapping, armed robbery, grand larceny and resisting arrest in September. He is in custody and awaiting sentencing.

Three other people still have pending accessory charges in connection with the incident.

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