CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A 23-year-old man accused of killing his mother in 2012 was sentenced to 45 years on Monday.
Walker Pinkleton pleaded guilty on Friday to the murder of 59-year-old Patricia Walker, according to Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson.
His trial was originally scheduled to begin on Monday, but because of the guilty plea, the judge handed down a sentence instead.
Pinkleton faced life in prison, Wilson said.
Prosecutors said Pinkleton shot and killed his mother at her home on Orange Grove Road. Court documents released at the time of Pinkleton's arrest stated witnesses told investigators Pinkleton took a safe out of his mother's bedroom, pried it open and removed a large amount of change after shooting her.
A neighbor reported seeing Pinkleton leave Walker's home in her Ford Excursion, and family members told police Pinkleton did not have permission to be in possession of it. Court documents stated the key to the Excursion and the key to the Walker's bedroom, which was dead-bolted, were on a key chain Walker kept with her.
According to an arrest affidavit, Pinkleton had narcotic problems and had stolen items from Walker in the past.
Walker was found dead in her home after responding to a call from her family in Columbia who told them they were concerned because they had not heard from her.