Teen who killed mom on Mother's Day sentenced

Joshua David McEachern was sentenced to 27 years in prison. (Source: WYFF)
Joshua David McEachern was sentenced to 27 years in prison. (Source: WYFF)

GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC (WYFF) - An 18-year-old who shot and killed his mother on Mother's Day 2011 and who also shot his brother in the chest three times pleaded guilty and was sentenced Wednesday.

Joshua David McEachern, of Greenville, pleaded guilty but mentally ill to voluntary manslaughter, attempted murder and possession of a handgun during a violent crime.

Deputies said McEachern called 911 after the shooting. When deputies reached the home on McLendon Drive, they found 59-year-old Kathy McEachern dead.

Investigators said that Kathy McEachern was shot in the face first, and when Joshua's older brother Daniel, who was in another room, heard the shots and ran into the room, he was shot in the chest.

At the time of the shooting, Joshua McEachern was a student at Carolina High School & Academy. Neighbors said that he had several guns that his mother had bought for him, and he liked to go to the gun range and to show off his collection.

Daniel McEachern appeared at his brother's hearing Wednesday along with his sister, Debra Joy Davis. She read a statement on her brother's behalf requesting leniency for Daniel.

A clinical psychiatrist testified on McEachern's behalf that he has autism and has been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome.

The court accepted the plea of guilty but mentally ill based on the psychiatrist's testimony. McEachern was sentenced to 27 years in prison.

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