SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) – Nearly five years after an Upstate woman was strangled and killed, SLED said a current South Carolina inmate has been charged with murder and other offenses in Erika Spencer’s death.

Spencer, 20, was killed in May 2015. She was pregnant at the time.

On Monday, SLED announced that the suspect, Brandon Eugene Maddox, was charged on Jan.  21 with murder, criminal sexual conduct first degree, and burglary.

"We were hopeful the whole time," Spencer's mother, Brenda Eason said, "We have prayed for five years that someone would be charged."
 
The warrants state Maddox, 28, broke into Spencer’s home and used aggravated force to sexually assault the victim, which resulted in Spencer’s death.

Eason said the warrants confirm what they've thought all along, and they hope they can finally get some sort of closure.

"I really thought that I would be very excited and I am, but at the same time I've had tears all day because I know that it doesn't bring my child back," Eason said.

Maddox is currently in the SC Department of Corrections serving time for multiple crimes, including attempted murder.

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