Man receives 40-year sentence for fatal beating

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Spartanburg County man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison after admitting he fatally beat an acquaintance with a brick while robbing him.

Prosecutors said Monday that 25-year-old Wade Shippy of Pacolet pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and armed robbery in the November 2012 death of 18-year-old Antwan Bailey, whose decaying body was found in the woods April 7, 2013, at the bottom of a 30-foot embankment.

Investigators say Shipper was the last person to see Bailey alive and gave officers conflicting accounts before eventually confessing. His cell phone records put him in the area where Shippy's body was found.

Deputy Solicitor Derrick Bulsa says Shippy offered to help Bailey buy a car, then got greedy and decided to take his money and left Shippy to die.

Rand Paul campaigns in Rock Hill

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is pushing the re-election of U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney of Indian Land.

The Herald of Rock Hill reported ( that Paul also said Monday he was visiting South Carolina to get his points across in a state that will hold an early presidential primary in 2016. Paul says he has not decided if he will seek the Republican presidential nomination.

Paul said for the Republican Party to succeed, it needs to reach more urban voters, especially African-Americans. He is proposing what he called "economic freedom zones" in high-poverty areas. In those zones, most federal taxes that a business paid would stay in the area, creating more investments and hopefully more jobs.

Reward offered for info leading to missing SC teen

AYNOR, S.C. (AP) — It has been a year since an Aynor teenager disappeared and his burned-out car was found and now his family is offering a $25,000 reward to anyone who has information about where he is.

Area media outlets report that Monday marked one year since anyone saw 19-year-old Zack Malinowski. He was playing basketball with some friends at the time. His burned-out car was found on a rural road Sept. 2.

About 50 people including family, friends and law enforcement officers attended a memorial for the missing man Sunday at a park in Aynor.

The missing man's mother, Missy Jordan, said she thinks there are some young people in the small Horry County community who know what happened and have not come forward.

"There are certain kids out there that I feel like, from the beginning, were involved somehow," she said. "It's just a mother's intuition."

Jordan and her husband said the deadline for collecting the reward is Sept. 2.

"Everybody has had a year to think about the information they have," Jordan said. "So I'm giving them a deadline. If he's found, we'll give them the whole thing."

Horry County Police Chief Saundra Rhodes said she hopes the reward will lead to a tip that will solve the case.

"I truly believe - I know somebody knows something," Rhodes said. "Hopefully this reward will help that person come forward."