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Shooter pleads guilty in killing at Rock Hill motel

A Lancaster man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to fatally shooting another man at a Rock Hill motel last year.

Circuit Court Judge William H. Seals Jr. sentenced 23-year-old Glen Sergio Brace to 35 years with no parole in court Wednesday after Brace pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, said Deputy Solicitor Willy Thompson with the 16th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

The charges stem from Sept. 4, 2011. At about 5:30 a.m., police responded to the Rock Hill Motel on Riverview Road and found 27-year-old David Watts of Gray Court dead, according to reports. He had been shot and was lying outside one of the motel rooms.

Several witnesses gave police a description of the men involved in the shooting and their car, reports said. Officers pulled over a car matching the description on Anderson Road. Inside the car, they found two guns and video footage.

Brace, Markevious Cousar, 19, and Devontae Wright, 18, all of Lancaster, were in the car and were arrested.

Cousar and Wright were charged with accessory after the fact, Thompson said. Wright pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation. Cousar has not entered his plea, but is expected to this week.

Thompson said both men were cooperative during the investigation.

In court, Brace apologized to Watts’ family and said his actions were “out of character,” Thompson said. Brace’s family and friends also spoke on his behalf, saying he had never been violent.

Brace has a past conviction of third-degree burglary, for which he was on probation, Thompson said. However, he admitted he’d been drinking heavily and taking ecstasy at the time of the murder.