Man gets life in prison for murder of Woodruff man in 2016


SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – A man was sentenced to life in prison for the deadly shooting of a Woodruff man back in 2016.

According to a solicitor’s office news release, Adriel N. Garnett, 32, was found guilty of murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime on Thursday following a four-day trial.

Garnett shot and killed Cecil Gilliam, 40, on Feb. 6, 2016.

Woodruff Police found Gilliam around 4 a.m. at a home on Sharpe Street after receiving a call about a disturbance with a weapon.

Gilliam later died as a result of seven gunshot wounds.

According to the release, a witness identified Garnett as the shooter, and he and another person were seen leaving the area in a gray Camaro.

Garnett was later arrested in Columbia five and a half months after the shooting.

According to the release, police officers in Columbia made contact with Garnett during a call about a disorderly conduct, and he gave them an incorrect name and resisted arrest.

Garnett testified during his trial and told the jury that the shooting was an act of self-defense.

Prosecutors in the case said that the number of bullets fired, as well as the location of the Gilliam’s fatal wounds, was proof that the shooting wasn’t in self-defense.

Garnett was sentenced to life in prison and is not eligible for parole. 

His prior criminal history includes several drug offenses, as well as convictions for assault on a police officer while resisting arrest, false information to police and criminal domestic violence.

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