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Solicitor: Upstate father beaten to death, set on fire after making call about his son paying too much for drugs

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Jacob (L) and Oscar Lance appear in bond court. (Nov. 13, 2015/FOX Carolina) Jacob (L) and Oscar Lance appear in bond court. (Nov. 13, 2015/FOX Carolina)
Todd Cantlay (file/FOX Carolina) Todd Cantlay (file/FOX Carolina)
PENDLETON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The solicitor in Anderson County said two brothers have been sentenced to prison time in the brutal slaying of an Upstate father.

Investigators said Todd Cantlay, 53, was beaten to death with a baseball bat and his body was set on fire in November 2015. Cantlay's teenage son awoke to the smell of smoke and discovered the horrific scene.

Brothers Jacob Lance and Oscar Lance were arrested in connection with the crime.

The solicitor said evidence indicates Cantlay had called Jacob Lance prior to the incident and threatened him due to his son being "shorted" and paying too much for drugs.

After the phone call, the Lance brothers went to Cantlay's home and struck him several times in the head with a baseball bat causing him to suffer deadly blunt force trauma. His body was set on fire after he perished.

The brothers then stole a rifle, guitars, an Xbox, a television and a vehicle from the home. Investigators found the victim's vehicle in the woods where the suspects had tried to burn it.

The Lance brothers both gave confessions in the case but blamed one another for beating Cantlay to death.

“In plea Court today, the finger pointing by Jacob and Oscar Lance continued, as neither admitted to being Todd Cantlay’s killer," Solicitor David Wagner said. "These brothers will now pay for these heinous crimes they committed together. They are ‘eating from the same bowl’ with identical sentences handed down from the Court."

Jacob and Oscar Lance were each sentenced to 30 years for manslaughter, burglary and arson charges.

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