SC Man Gets Life for Killing Girlfriend

RIDGELAND, S.C. (AP) _ A Jasper County man has been sentenced to life in prison after admitting he beat his girlfriend to death The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports ( ) that 46-year-old Terry Swanger pleaded guilty Monday to murder, the same day jury selection in his trial was set to start. Investigators say Swanger beat Vikki Pope the same day he was moving out of their Hardeeville home after their five-year relationship ended. Authorities say Pope’s co-workers called police in August 2009 when she didn’t arrive for work, and officers checking her home found Swanger standing by his car holding a shovel. Swanger ran into the woods, and Pope’s body was found in the car. Prosecutors say Pope had bruises over her whole body and her blood was found all over the house.

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