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Orangeburg man pleads guilty to conspiracy in shooting of prison guard

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ORANGEBURG, S.C. (WCIV) – An Orangeburg man pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire in the shooting of a corrections officer.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, 30-year-old Sean Echols pleaded guilty and is now awaiting a sentencing hearing.

Prosecutors 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.

Investigators 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 disrupted.

A shakedown 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. 

Through 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 plot. 

Echols is 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.

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