Man Gets 30 Years In Spartanburg Killing - WSPA.com

Man Gets 30 Years In Spartanburg Killing

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. -

A Virgin Islands man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to killing a Spartanburg college student last year.

Twenty-two-year-old Sama Chaka Quinland of St. Croix, Virgin Islands, pleaded guilty Monday to voluntary manslaughter in the stabbing and shooting death of 19-year-old DeAndre Fulton-Smith.

Attorneys said Quinland attacked Smith after learning that Smith was a man, rather than the woman he expected for a sexual encounter.

Smith was found dead in his apartment near Spartanburg Community College on July 25.

Prosecutors say they were able to trace Smith's stolen television to Quinland.

Prosecutor Kinli Bare said Smith occasionally represented himself as a female and posted on various websites offering sexual services. Prosecutors think Quinland responded to one of those ads.

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