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Man gets 30 years for murder in Pickens Co.

PICKENS, SC (WSPA) – A Pickens Co. man has been found guilty of murder, according to the solicitor’s office.

John McCarty was sentenced to 30 years on Wednesday.

McCarty was arrested for a deadly shooting of Mitchell Bradley in July of 2015 at McCarty’s home.

McCarty had asked the judge to consider the “stand your ground” defense.

McCarty’s attorney, Robert Newton had requested to get the case dismissed on claims that McCarty was protected by the “Castle Doctrine”.

Meth trafficker gets 25 years in Anderson Co.

ANDERSON CO., SC (WSPA) – An Anderson County court has sentenced a man to 25 years in prison for trafficking methamphetamine and leading deputies on a chase in 2016.

Cole Brooks Gray was found guilty on charges of Trafficking Methamphetamine, Receiving Stolen Goods, and Failure to Stop for a Blue Light.

Gray led deputies on a chase in November 2016 when was driving a stolen 1994 Chevrolet C1500 near Starr.

During the chase, Gray threw a large bag with 109 grams of methamphetamine out of the window. Deputies found another bag of methamphetamine in the driver’s seat of the truck after the chase.

“Cole Gray is a career criminal who put our community in danger not only by trafficking methamphetamine, but by completely disregarding public safety during a lengthy and dangerous chase with law enforcement,” said Solicitor Wagner. “Mr. Gray has 25 years in jail to consider how he wants to become a productive member of society.”

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