Officials: SC man who decapitated, dismembered friend pleads guilty

Officials: SC man who decapitated, dismembered friend pleads guilty

ANDERSON COUNTY, SC (WYFF) - A 46-year-old Upstate homeless man charged in the death and dismemberment of his friend pleaded guilty Thursday to voluntary manslaughter and will avoid a murder trial.

Leslie Sandoval will be sentenced in January so family and friends can be present to speak on his behalf.

Assistant Solicitor Rame Campbell said in court that property owners cleaning up building when they found most of 54-year-old Seth Barton Foster's body.

The coroner said Foster's body was found in the crawlspace at 203 W. Earle St. The body was missing the head, hands and feet.

Foster, who was also homeless, was identified by tattoos.

Anderson police later located the head, hands and one foot in an area beneath the Goodwin and Pruette Law Firm building where railroad tracks run under Main Street.

Sandoval confessed to police when he was taken into custody. They said Sandoval told them he strangled Foster and dismembered him and told them where to find the knife.

Sandoval said he and Foster had been drinking in January 2012, and when they got into a “tussle,” Foster died. In an attempt to dispose of body, Sandoval mutilated Foster.

After the arrest, Foster's mother, Marie Whitney, told WYFF News 4's Mandy Gaither that her son was left homeless after a troubled relationship with a woman in Belton. Whitney said her son was an alcoholic, and had been going in and out of rehab.

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