Man gets 20 years in death of USC professor

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LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 20 years in the hit-and-run death of a University of South Carolina professor.

The State newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/1ad8MNg) that William Craig Caughman was sentenced Thursday after a jury found him guilty in the death of 36-year-old Toby Morriss.

Prosecutors said Caughman was driving a pickup truck in February 2010 when he made a sudden left turn in front of a motorcyclist, causing a crash.

Caughman left the scene. Morriss, who was on the motorcycle, died several days later at a hospital.

Police say Caughman hid his pickup and cut off its doors. Authorities say Caughman also bought a new vehicle days after the crash.

Morriss was an adjunct photography professor at the university.

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Information from: The State, http://www.thestate.com

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