Ex-SC cop sentenced to 400 years for fraud

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) - A former South Carolina deputy has been sentenced to 400 years in prison for federal fraud charges related to the deaths of his mother and stepfather.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Buddy Bethea says Timothy Poole was sentenced Thursday after a two-week trial.

State prosecutors charged Poole with murder shortly after the 2006 shooting deaths of his mother, Linda Bright-Poole Hilton, and her husband, William Henry "Bubba" Hilton Jr. But those charges were dropped because of a lack of evidence.

Poole was indicted on 20 fraud charges when federal prosecutors said he planned the killings after learning his mother was going to cut him off financially. Prosecutors said Poole shot the couple at their Williamsburg County home, then conspired with his wife to get his mother's inheritance.

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