Cherokee Co. man gets 2 life sentences for 2015 murders


CHEROKEE COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – A Blacksburg man was sentenced to two life sentences without parole Tuesday for the shooting deaths of two men. 

According to news release from the solicitor’s office, 36-year-old Steven Parker was found guilty of two counts of murder and two counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime during a two-day trial in Cherokee County. 

Parker shot Aron Lucas Young, 35, and Jerry Farmer, 43, both of Gastonia, N.C. to death on June 10, 2015 at a home on Jumping Branch Road.

According to the release, Parker loaded the victims’ bodies into a truck and drove the vehicle to a rural area in York County where he set the truck on fire in an effort to destroy evidence.

During the trial, prosecutors used forensic evidence, DNA and cellphone technology to connect Parker to the murders.

Parker’s previous criminal record included several drug offenses and second-degree assault and battery and accessory after the fact of the felony.

The solicitor’s office said murder, weapons and drug charges are still pending against Donald Edward Creswell Jr., 48, of Blacksburg.

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