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Man pleads guilty, gets 3 life sentences in Pelzer triple homicide

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Jared Williams pleads guilty to killing three in Pelzer in early 2014. (Nov. 13, 2014/FOX Carolina) Jared Williams pleads guilty to killing three in Pelzer in early 2014. (Nov. 13, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Two of the victims, Hank Eaton and Renee Anderson. Two of the victims, Hank Eaton and Renee Anderson.
Jared Williams pleaded guilty in court on Thursday. (Nov. 13, 2014/FOX Carolina) Jared Williams pleaded guilty in court on Thursday. (Nov. 13, 2014/FOX Carolina)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The man accused of killing three people and trying to kill four others pleaded guilty in an Anderson County courtroom Thursday.

Jared Williams, 34, pleaded guilty to three counts of murder, four counts of attempted murder, armed robbery, grand larceny, carjacking and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

Judge Letitia Verdin sentenced Williams to three consecutive life terms.

“Our hearts go out to the family members who lost loved ones as well as those who survived this horrible ordeal,” stated Solicitor Chrissy Adams.

“These crimes most certainly would qualify for the death penalty which is a very long and arduous process. Although their lives have been irreparably damaged by the acts of Jared Williams, the survivors will be able to begin the healing process by the acceptance of the imposition of three life sentences,” Adams said

Deputies said Williams was at a home on Law Street in Pelzer about 2:45 p.m. March 5 when he shot and killed 43-year-old Wanda Renee Anderson, 48-year-old Victor Vandegrift and 32-year-old Hank Eaton. Deputies said Williams also shot Tara Hendricks, who survived and ran to a neighbor's home to call 911.

According to Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper, Williams' girlfriend Hope Phillips was at the home and involved in one of the deaths before they both fled the scene, stealing Anderson's pickup truck.

Deputies quickly gathered information identifying Williams as the suspect and a description of the truck beginning a pursuit, Skipper said.

Deputies chased the truck through Anderson County and into Greenville County. According to Skipper, Williams shot at one Anderson County deputy and two Greenville County deputies who were trying to stop him during the chase. The Greenville County deputies who were shot at are brothers, according to Anderson County officials.

At one point, deputies said Williams abandoned the truck, fled on foot and carjacked someone else's vehicle before later crashing into a home near Highway 86 and Hammett Street.

Though he tried to run again, members of the SWAT team and deputies were able to take Williams into custody at the crash, Skipper said. He said Phillips was located earlier in the chase when the first truck was abandoned.

In court Thursday, Hendricks spoke about the shooting that left her friends dead.

"Me and Victor, we weren't like buds, but we were like brother and sister," Hendricks said. "And Renee and Hank were two friends of mine."

Some of the family and friends gathered at court said they wanted the death penalty for Williams."He went in there and just killed 'em...I'm sorry, there's no way he should be getting life without parole," said neighbor James Carter.

"We just felt it was the best resolution to such a horrible set of facts," Adams said. "This gave the family closure and the ability to not have to go through the pain and emotion of a death penalty trial."

And prosecutors said there is one consolation to those who wanted the death penalty,

"He will die in prison, he will die in prison," Adams said.

Phillips was charged with one count of murder in the incident on Law Street. The solicitor's office said she does not have a court date set for a trial at this time. 

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