- Associated Press - Thursday, April 13, 2017

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) - A Circuit Court judge has sentenced a Yemassee man to two life sentences after he was convicted in the 2015 shooting deaths of an elderly couple.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports (https://bit.ly/2owk94a) Circuit Court Judge Lawton McIntosh also sentenced 22-year-old Joshua Poacher on Thursday to 30 years for armed robbery and five years for possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

Poacher was convicted Wednesday in the Aug. 16, 2015, deaths of 72-yeqr-old Kantibhai Patel and his 67-year-old wife, Hansaben Patel. The couple was living at a motel, where they worked as housekeepers.

Poacher told the judge he had been working to provide for his two children when he gave in to drug use that made him paranoid on the morning of the shootings.

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