Man gets 30 years for killing wife near women’s shelter

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — A 54-year-old man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty but mentally ill to murder in the shooting of his estranged wife outside a domestic violence shelter in Spartanburg.

Authorities say Robert O’Shields Sr. pulled up beside his 55-year-old’s wife’s car just after she dropped their daughter at the bus stop and shot her. The woman had been staying at the shelter for a month.

At O’Shields’ guilty plea Tuesday, prosecutors said Mariann O’Shields called 911 and identified her husband as her attacker. She died in surgery.

Solicitor Barry Barnette says Robert O’Shields Sr. will have to serve every day of his sentence. The guilty but mentally ill plea means he will get extra mental health help behind bars.