- Associated Press - Monday, February 2, 2015

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A Charleston man has been sentenced to 45 years in prison after pleading guilty to killing his grandmother.

Area media outlets report 23-year-old Walker Wayne Pinkleton pleaded guilty to murder Friday and was sentenced Monday.

Pinkleton had faced from 30 years to life if in prison convicted in the October, 2012, slaying of 59-year-old Patricia Walker in their home. Walker had been shot in the head.

As part of the plea, prosecutors recommended Pinkleton receive no more than 50 years.

Walker was his biological grandmother and had also adopted him as her son when he was young.

Police reports said Walker had said shortly before she was killed that she was afraid of Pinkleton because he had become violent trying to get money for drugs.

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