Barnwell man to spend life in prison for murder

HAMPTON, SC (WCSC) - - A 30-year-old Barnwell man will spend the rest of his life in prison for murdering a Hampton County convenience store owner during a 2007 robbery.

At the end of a two-day trial, jurors convicted Joseph Davis of murder, armed robbery and burglary for the June 23, 2007 robbery of the Lena Quick Stop, which left Ronnie Wooten dead.

"The citizens of the Lowcountry are a lot safer now that Joseph Davis is off the streets for good," said deputy solicitor Sean Thornton, who prosecuted the case along with assistant solicitor Tameaka Legette. "I hope this final conviction will bring some measure of closure to the family."

Davis is the third person convicted on charges stemming from the robbery. Last August, a jury convicted Davis' brother, Shawn, and Derrick Adkins of armed robbery. Both were sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Judge Perry M. Buckner handed down today's life sentence.

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