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Man found in crawl space covered in blood admits to murdering Upstate fire chief's daughter

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Tiffany Cartee and her children (Source: Family) Tiffany Cartee and her children (Source: Family)
Jefferson Perry III (Source: SCSO) Jefferson Perry III (Source: SCSO)

A Cowpens man was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to murder in the slaying of an Upstate fire chief's daughter.

Tiffany Dale Cartee, 31, was shot to death on Dec. 22, 2016 while driving a vehicle with 26-year-old Jefferson Lee Perry III and two other occupants inside.

Perry, who was in the passenger seat, shot Cartee in the head causing the 2003 Ford Expedition to run off the side of Bennett Dairy Road and hit a tree. Perry fled the scene after the crash and was later found in the crawl space of a nearby home, covered in blood.

Cartee was a mother and the daughter of the chief of the Una Fire Department.

A background check of Perry revealed prior convictions for grand larceny, multiple drug charges including possession of marijuana and cocaine, possession of hypodermic needles, burglary, grand larceny, shoplifting, possession of a stolen vehicle and giving false information.

Perry pleaded guilty to murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison and is not eligible for early release.

“I hope today’s sentence helps the family of Tiffany Cartee in their recovery from this horrific crime,” Solicitor Barry Barnette said.

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