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Man gets life in prison for murder of Anderson Co. gas station clerk

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Justin Warner (Courtesy: Anderson Co. Sheriff) Justin Warner (Courtesy: Anderson Co. Sheriff)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Solicitor's Office said a man has been sentenced to life behind bars in connection with the killing a woman during an attempted robbery at an Anderson County gas station.

The state began presenting its case Tuesday against Justin Jamal Warner of Atlanta, GA.

Investigators said Warner shot and killed Mradulaben Patel on April 30, 2015 at the BP on Highway 153 in Powdersville. The victim ran the business with her husband.

Former Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper stated that Patel entered the suspect’s date of birth into her registry log when Warner attempted to buy cigarettes and deputies used that information and surveillance images to identify Warner as the suspect.

A jury was seated on Monday and solicitor David Wagner said testimony began Tuesday.

On Thursday, Anderson County jurors found Warner guilty of murder and attempted armed robbery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. He was sentenced by a judge to life in prison.

The Solicitor's Office said during the trial, surveillance video from the incident was presented. In the footage, you could see a suspect enter the store around 10:15 p.m., purchase a cigar and then shoot Patel in an attempt to rob the cash register, before fleeing the scene.

A customer later entered the store and found Patel wounded and bleeding, on the floor behind the counter and called 911. Patel was taken to the hospital where she ultimately passed away on May 2 from a gunshot wound to the head.

Law enforcement said they received a tip identifying Warner as the shooter. His date of birth matched that of the last person to make a purchase at the store prior to the shooting, according to store records. A cellphone number was also identified in customer records that belonged to Warner, with the same date of birth as the store purchase.

A palm print of Warner's was also located at the scene.

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