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Boiling Springs man admits to beating neighbor to death with steel pipe

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BOILING SPRINGS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Solicitor's Office said an Upstate man was sentenced to prison time on Tuesday after admitting to beating his neighbor to death with a steel pipe.

In June 2017, a deputy on routine patrol noticed an empty truck parked at Boiling Springs Memorial Gardens on Highway 9. A pipe stained with blood was found inside.

The vehicle was registered to 67-year-old Boyce William Pye and when they tried to locate him, he was found deceased in his home on Tool Road.

Officials said Pye was found lying face down on the bedroom floor and the room was covered with blood. He had suffered head trauma secondary to blunt force trauma.

After a tip, deputies questioned 29-year-old Joshua Ellis, a neighbor of Pye's, in connection with the death. They said he admitted to killing Pye but claimed it was in self defense.

“It was a heinous and calculated murder,” Solicitor Barry Barnette said. “There is no way Mr. Pye’s death could have been self-defense based on the evidence collected.”

Ellis stole Pye's truck and fled the scene of the crime. In his eventual bond hearing, Pye's daughter said Ellis had promised to look after him.

He had no prior criminal record.

He pleaded guilty to murder and armed robbery and was sentenced Tuesday to 40 years in prison. He is not eligible for early release or parole.

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