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Jury Convicts Spartanburg County Man Of "Sniper-Like" Shootings

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A jury convicted Bryan Marion Holder of shooting a woman and firing shots at customers at a convenience store  last year. A jury convicted Bryan Marion Holder of shooting a woman and firing shots at customers at a convenience store last year.
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A jury convicted a Spartanburg County man of shooting a woman and firing shots at customers at a convenience store last year.

Jurors deliberated just a short time before finding Bryan Marion Holder, 21, of Boiling Springs, guilty of two counts of first-degree assault and battery, assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. He previously pled guilty to grand larceny and malicious injury to personal property before the trial.

"Crimes like this can't be tolerated in our community and I'm glad to see the defendant punished accordingly," Solicitor Barry Barnette said.

During the course of the trial, evidence established that Holder used a stolen 30.06 to shoot Bonnie Raines as she left the Raceway convenience store on Asheville Highway in the early morning hours of July 2. Raines told investigators that she had left the convenience store and was sitting in her boyfriend's car when she was shot in the back. Her boyfriend and a person who was pressure washing pavement at a nearby business were nearly hit.

During the course of the investigation, investigators learned that Holder and his co-defendant, Tyler Schomer, 18, of Spartanburg, fired the rifle from a nearby field.  During testimony, Holder attempted to blame Schomer for the shooting, but under cross examination from Seventh Circuit Solicitor Barry Barnette, Holder admitted to loading the weapon and shooting it 12-13 times.

Investigators found 13 shell casings at the crime scene. Seventh Circuit Solicitor's Office spokesman Murray Glenn stated that Barnette and Assistant Solicitor Prina Tailor utilized ballistic evidence and eyewitness testimony to develop their case and show that the shell casings had been fired by the stolen rifle, along with the bullet that hit Raines, which was recovered in the dashboard of Raines' boyfriend's vehicle.

Holder also stole several guns, jewelry, cash, laptops and other electronic items from a home on Bethesda Road several days before the shooting. Schomer pled guilty to multiple charges before the trial and is being held at the Spartanburg County Detention Center where he is awaiting sentencing.

Holder has prior criminal convictions for auto breaking and entering and underage possession of alcohol.

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