- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 12, 2017

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina man originally facing the death penalty for a 1988 murder has been resentenced to life.

The Office of Solicitor in Anderson and Oconee counties said in a news release that a resentencing hearing was held on Wednesday for William Henry Bell Jr., who was convicted and sentenced to death for the 1988 murder of elementary school principal Dennis Hepler.

Bell faced death or life imprisonment, but he was found to be intellectually disabled under criteria set by a U.S. Supreme Court decision which held that intellectually disabled persons may not be sentenced to death.

The South Carolina Attorney General’s Office sought to have the court alter or amend the finding, but their request was denied in April, and the attorney general declined further appeals.



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