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Sheriff Samuel D. Willis | Greenville County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina Greenville County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

Sheriff

Samuel D. Willis

Greenville County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

End of Watch: Saturday, June 11, 1927

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to 10 years

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Sheriff Willis was shot and killed while standing in his yard by an assassin hired by the former sheriff of Greenville County.

The suspect was arrested three years later. He confessed that he shot Sheriff Willis after the former sheriff paid him $500 to kill him.

The assassin was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. After many mistrials a Greenville County Deputy Sheriff, and the former sheriff were convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 10 years in prison December 12, 1930. Both were pardoned by Governor Olin D. Johnston January 2, 1939.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
Texas
June 15, 2015

 

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