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Newberry woman convicted of killing boyfriend

NEWBERRY (AP) — A 35-year-old Newberry woman has been sentenced to 50 years in prison in the shooting death of her longtime boyfriend.

Prosecutors said a jury deliberated about five hours before convicting Mandy Smith early Saturday. Smith faced from 30 years to life in prison at her sentencing Monday.

Investigators say Smith and her friend Timothy Wise lured 43-year-old John Mayers into the Sumter National Forest in May 2011 and shot him twice in the chest. Authorities say they returned later and decapitated Mayers, putting his head in a bucket and throwing it in the Enoree River.

Prosecutors praised divers for recovering the head.

Smith first told investigators she shot Mayers in self-defense, then said that Wise killed him and she wasn’t there.

Wise is awaiting trial on his own murder charge.

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