- Associated Press - Friday, February 19, 2016

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) - A man convicted of setting a fire that killed his grandparents will serve two life sentences plus 30 years.

The Sumter Item reports (https://bit.ly/1osuNpv ) that a Sumter County jury convicted Joseph Manners on Thursday of arson and murder in the 2013 fire.

Prosecutors said Manners used gasoline to set the fire that killed 79-year-old Joann Topper and 68-year-old James William Topper.

Circuit Judge Jeffrey Young called Manners an unrepentant, cold-hearted murderer.

At the time of the fire, authorities said Manners was on parole for crimes related to drug use and was staying in South Carolina to get away from negative influences from his home in Kentucky.

Manners was arrested after crashing a car into the Ohio River after the vehicle was allegedly stolen from the fire scene.


Information from: The Sumter Item, https://www.theitem.com

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