Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The man responsible for murdering another young man outside a gas station on Columbia's North Main Street pleaded guilty Monday.
Ronald Branch, 23, will serve 17 years for shooting Maxwell Hayes outside the 'El Cheapo' gas station in September 2010.
Police say there was an altercation outside of the ABC Package Store attached to the gas station that escalated in the parking lot. They say multiple shots were fired by Branch and that they chased him into a nearby wooded area before arresting him.
Branch also pleaded guilty to possession of a weapon during a violent crime. He was sentenced to five years under that charge.