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CAMPOBELLO MAN RECEIVES 15-YEAR PRISON SENTENCE FOR ALCOHOL AND DRUG-RELATED TRAFFIC FATALITY

A Campobello man received a 15-year prison sentence last night after a jury decided that he was driving under the influence of alcohol when a passenger died during a wreck in northern Spartanburg County.

Terry A. Clayton, 41, of 827 West Frontage Road, was found guilty of felony driving under the influence with a death and reckless homicide in connection to the Feb. 1, 2003 wreck that claimed the life of Karen D. Human, 40, of 113 Jan St., Landrum.

Clayton lost control of his 1994 Mazda on Landrum Mill Road. The car struck a sign and a utility pole. Human was thrown from the vehicle. She died at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center of head and body trauma.

After the wreck, Clayton told investigators that he consumed 7-8 bottles of beer at a Landrum club. His blood-alcohol reading was .19. Lab tests also showed traces of marijuana and xanax in his system.

“Any time you drink and drive, nobody wins,” Principal Deputy Solicitor Barry Barnette said.

Clayton will serve 85 percent of the prison sentence before he is eligible for release.