A Charleston man who pleaded guilty to shooting a West Ashley woman inside her home in 2011 was sentenced this morning to 24 years in prison.
Arthur F. Peterson, 35, pleaded guilty but mentally ill to voluntary manslaughter in January for the March 14, 2011 shooting death of 45-year-old Gwendolyn Fields.
Peterson would come over to the Taberwood Circle home to pray with Fields’ paralyzed daughter, 24-year-old Shakeyra Fields, according to authorities.
The day of the killing, Peterson showed up at the home at about 9:15 a.m. and went into Shakeyra’s room. When he emerged a short time later, he demanded to know where the woman’s mother, Gwen Fields, was, according to police. After Gwen Fields arrived home, Peterson got on the phone and called 911 around 10 a.m.
Dispatchers told responding patrol officers that the caller was alleging that someone had been abused by her mother the night before, a report said.
About 10:53 a.m., one officer was in the living room when he heard three gunshots and saw Peterson coming out of the kitchen holding a gun, an arrest warrant said. Fields’ brother, Larry, attended the sentencing hearing Tuesday morning in downtown Charleston.
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