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400-year fraud sentence upheld for ex-officer

(Photo of Timothy Poole provided by WMBF News) (Photo of Timothy Poole provided by WMBF News)
COLUMBIA, SC (AP) -

A federal appeals court has upheld a 400-year prison sentence for a former Florence County deputy convicted of fraud charges related to the deaths of his mother and stepfather.

The Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed down its ruling Thursday.

Lawyers for Timothy Poole argued the conviction should be overturned because there wasn't enough proof that he committed wire fraud, that the judge should not have allowed his wife to testify about their conversations and his sentence was too harsh. The appeals court disagreed.

Prosecutors say Poole 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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