Spartanburg Man Charged In Fatal Shooting

Sentenced to 24 years

April 23, 2019 - 8:39 am

The 7th Circuit Solicitor’s office released the following press release yesterday afternoon:

A Campobello man received a 24-year prison sentence today for fatally shooting a woman inside his home.

Donald Anthony Partaka, 60, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. Partaka shot 34-year-old Laura Ashley Hood to death on Oct. 11, 2017.

The shooting occurred at Partaka’s Patterson Road home. When deputies arrived, they found Hood fatally wounded inside of Partaka’s home. Partaka called 911 and reported he shot an unknown intruder.

Evidence collected at the crime scene didn’t match Partaka’s version of events. There was no sign of forced entry at the residence.

Partaka told deputies he had been drinking in the hours leading up to the shooting and admitted that he knew Hood through their work together at the Village Greens Golf Club.

Partaka had no prior criminal history in South Carolina.

Deputy Solicitor Derrick Bulsa prosecuted the case.

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