Man gets life sentence for murder of Spartanburg Co. woman

SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC (WSPA) - An Upstate man was sentenced to life without parole on Wednesday for the shooting death of a Spartanburg County woman.

According to a solicitor's office news release, Lance Antonio Brewton, 39, of Taylors, was found guilty of murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime at the end of a three day trial.

Brewton fatally shot Natalie Rae Niemitalo on Sept. 25, 2017 at a home on Zimmerman Road.

When deputies arrived on-scene, they found the person who called 911 holding the victim in the driveway.

According to the news release, Brewton and Niemitalo were arguing in a car when the shooting happened.

Niemitalo was taking to Spartanburg Medical Center where she later died as a result of a gunshot wound to the chest.

The person that called 911 identified Brewton as the shooter and described his vehicle.

According to the release, Brewton drove by the home after the shooting and a South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper tried to stop him, but he refused to stop and a chase occurred.

The chase continued on into Greenville County, where Brewton reportedly wrecked his vehicle and was arrested.

Before the trial, Brewton pleaded guilty to failure to stop for a blue light, escape and driving under suspension.

During the trial, Brewton testified in his own defense, saying that he was high on a mix of heroin and methamphetamine days leading up to the shooting.

Brewton is not eligible for parole or early release.

According to the release, his previous criminal record included two convictions for strong arm robbery, driving under the influence, resisting arrest and possession of a weapon by a felon and possession of a controlled substance.


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