Chester man pleads guilty in 2009 shooting death

Keener Chester County Sheriff’s Office

A Chester man pleaded guilty Tuesday to killing a man who was shot in the head while lying on a couch in his home in 2009.

Keith Ramon Keener, who was originally charged with murder, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of 41-year-old Eddie Hall. He was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge William Seals Jr. to 25 years in prison, according to the S.C. Attorney General’s Office.

Deputies went to Hall’s home on Saluda Street on Oct. 24, 2009, after a 911 caller said shots had been fired into the home, according to previous reports. Hall was found lying on the floor with a gunshot wound to the head. Investigators with the Chester County Sheriff’s Office and State Law Enforcement Division believed he had been lying on his couch when a bullet came through the wall and strick him.

Keener’s sentence will be served concurrently to a 27-year sentence he received after pleading guilty to another voluntary manslaughter charge in 2012. In that case, investigators said Keener fired into a crowd at a Chester nightclub on Sept. 20, 2010, killing 24-year-old Antonio Price and injuring two others.

Montell DeAngelo Cousar also has a murder charge pending against him in Hall’s slaying, and faces a hit-and-run charge in York County from April.

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