S.C. (WCIV) – An Orangeburg man pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to commit
murder-for-hire in the shooting of a corrections officer.
the U.S. Attorney's Office, 30-year-old Sean Echols pleaded guilty and is now
awaiting a sentencing hearing.
showed in a hearing that during the morning of March 5, 2010, a member of the
state's Department of Corrections was met at his home by a gunman who shot him
in the chest.
found that the shooting was done as retaliation for the officer's enforcement
of contraband rules at a corrections facility. The investigation revealed that
earlier in 2010, a plot was hatched among certain inmates to retaliate against the
officer so that the shipments of contraband into the prison would not be
of the prison revealed a cellular phone belonging to and used by that specific
inmate. Cellphone records connected that inmate to another recently
released inmate, Sean Echols.
interviews, agents learned that Echols had communicated through cellphones with
the inmate and discussed the plot to kill the officer, specifying how to carry
out the shooting and what Echols would receive in exchange for his role in the
currently behind bars in Orangeburg on an unrelated charge. He faces up to 20
years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the conspiracy charge.