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Man sentenced to 30 years for shooting death during child's birthday party in Belton


ANDERSON, South Carolina — A man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for shooting another man to death during a child's birthday party in Belton and plotting to have three witnesses kidnapped.

Prosecutor Chrissy Adams says 61-year-old Bobby Joe Arflin was sentenced Thursday after being found guilty of crimes including murder and an attempt to kidnap three witnesses.

Authorities say Arflin ran into 41-year-old Jody Adam Powell's truck in Belton while Powell was attending a child's birthday party. When Powell went outside to see what was going on, authorities say Arflin shot him to death.

While awaiting trial last year, officials say Arflin offered land to a cellmate in exchange for kidnapping three witnesses against him. The other inmate reported the plot to law enforcement.

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