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Gaffney Man Gets Life Sentence For Deadly Shooting

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Prince Snipes will spend the rest of his life in jail after being convicted of murder. Prince Snipes will spend the rest of his life in jail after being convicted of murder.

A man from a Gaffney will spend the rest of his life in jail after being convicted of murder.

Seventh Circuit Solicitor's Office spokesman Murray Glenn stated that a jury convicted Prince Deven Snipes, 30, of murder and unlawful possession of weapon on Wednesday at the conclusion of a two-day trial.

During the trial, it was determined that Snipes shot and killed Debris Lanese Houey, 30, during an argument on December 16, 2010 in the front yard of a home on Conner Street. Snipes shot Houey several times from long range with a semi-automatic rifle and then shot him up close. Nine bullet casings were found at the crime scene.

Snipes fled the area after the shooting and was arrested in Gastonia, North Carolina, in January 2011 when he was found hiding in the closet of a home. Solicitor Barry Barnette utilized testimony from witnesses and law enforcement as well as forensic evidence to prove the case.   

"It was a cold-blooded murder," Barnette said. "There is no other way to explain the death of an unarmed man."

Snipes has a prior criminal record in North Carolina that includes convictions for trespassing, assault with a deadly weapon and discharging a weapon. He is not eligible for release.

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