Man gets 25-year sentence in deadly shooting of cousin

Bernard Dewberry (Source: Seventh Circuit Solicitor's Office)

SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) — A Cowpens man received a 25-year prison sentence Tuesday after he admitted to killing his cousin.

Bernard Dewberry, 37, was on trial for murder when he pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in his cousin’s shooting death.

Dewberry will serve a little more than 21 years before he’s eligible for release from prison.

Prosecutors say Dewberry shot 24-year-old Jerry Wayne Fernandez to death on May 9, 2015 near the intersection of Old Pacolet Road and Wood Street in the city of Cowpens. “The shooting occurred after the men argued about a woman earlier in the day,” according to a statement from the 7th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

Fernandez identified Dewberry as his shooter in a 911 call he placed before his death and witnesses identified Dewberry as the shooter when interviewed by sheriff’s deputies.

“It was a senseless tragedy,” Assistant Solicitor Abel Gray said in a statement. “Bernard Dewberry could have easily walked away from the conflict but he chose a different path.”

Gray partnered with Assistant Solicitor Allison Mabbs to prosecute the case.

Dewberry’s prior criminal record included convictions for common-law robbery, habitual traffic offender, failure to stop for a blue light and siren and possession of marijuana, according to the statement.

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