Man once slated for death in South Carolina rapes and killings accepts deal for life sentence

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SPARTANBURG, South Carolina — A man whose death sentence for raping and killing a Spartanburg woman was recently overturned has accepted a plea deal and will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Local media outlets reported that 46-year-old Fredrick Evins pleaded guilty Thursday to raping and killing Rhonda Goodwin in 2003.

Prosecutors say DNA tested after his arrest led to him being charged in a second rape and killing in Spartanburg in 2002 and the rape of an 81-year-old woman in Greenville in 1991 as the woman's 8-year-old granddaughter watched.

Evins' death sentence was overturned after a judge ruled his IQ score left him mentally disabled. Prosecutor Barry Barnette says he wanted to seek the death penalty again, but knowing Evins is never getting out of prison was an acceptable alternative.

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