Alleged hitman charged for shooting correctional officer

ORANGEBURG, SC (WCSC) - A 29-year-old Orangeburg man has been charged with carrying out a "hit" on a South Carolina Corrections officer three years ago.

Last month, the United States Attorney's Office charged Sean Echols with conspiring to commit murder, using facilities of interstate commerce in connection with a murder, and using and discharging a firearm.

Federal investigators said Echols shot Captain Robert Johnson on March 5, 2010, following Johnson's tireless work ridding the Lee County Correctional Facility of contraband.  Johnson survived the shooting.

Feds said Echols shot Johnson for $6,000.

The investigation was led by SLED and the FBI, according to the attorney's office.

If convicted, Echols could face life in prison.

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