SEP 08, 2023

Attorney General Alan Wilson announces Columbia man found guilty and sentenced for murder

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced that, on Thursday, James Joseph Patterson, III, 26, of Columbia, was convicted by a Lexington County jury of murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. Judge Daniel Hall sentenced him to 30 years for murder and five years on the weapons charge, set to run concurrently. 

Patterson shot and killed William Clark, 38, after a dispute over money and a gambling game. The crime occurred at a house on S. Hampton Avenue in the Red Bank area of Lexington County. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department investigated the case. 

Assistant Deputy Attorney General Kinli Abee and Assistant Attorney General Joel Kozak prosecuted the case for the state, with the assistance of Investigator Matt Ellis, paralegals Connor Roark and Trysha Krasnosky, law clerk Megan Holderness, and victims’ advocates Trisha Allen and Christina Coller.

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