Man sentenced to life in prison for murdering Florence woman

Man sentenced to life in prison for murdering Florence woman
Royal Williams III was sentenced to life in prison Saturday. (Source: FCSO)

FLORENCE, S.C. (WMBF) - A Bennettsville man has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a Florence woman back in January 2016.

Royal Daniel Williams, III was sentenced to life behind bars Saturday, according to Solicitor Ed Clements.

24-year-old Sherilyn Jear Joseph was found dead in a Florence County home in January 2016.

Williams was charged in connection with her death in March 2016.

Clements said it was a long, hard battle, but he believes justice was served.

Clements said the jury deliberated for about two hours.

The jury was selected Monday.

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