CHESTER, South Carolina — A 19-year-old man has pleaded guilty to arranging the death of a strict grandmother who raised him because she took away his cellphone and car because of his poor grades.
Media reports said Clayton Watts accepted a plea deal from prosecutors who agreed to a 30-year sentence on the murder charge. But a judge delayed sentencing until he testifies against two co-defendants.
Prosecutors say Watts offered 20-year-old Marqueas Buchanan and 22-year-old Shaiderius Cohen $5,000 each to kill both his grandparents. But authorities say when the men arrived in the Chester County home in January 2013, only 59-year-old Jimmie Paul was there,
Paul was shot three times in the chest. Investigators say her husband avoided the killers because he didn't immediately go into his house.