Man gets 36 years in wreck that killed woman, grandson

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

PICKENS — A Pickens man has been sentenced for causing a 2021 wreck that killed a Pickens woman and her 6-year-old great-grandson.

Thirteenth Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins said Jose Guzman Pliego, 31, pleaded guilty on Thursday to two counts of felony DUI with death and two counts of felony DUI with great bodily injury.

Assistant solicitor Seth Johnson presented evidence establishing that on Nov. 4, 2021, Pliego crashed into another vehicle driving southbound on U.S. Highway 123, Wilkins said.

The collision occurred around 6:45 p.m. that evening just south of U.S. Highway 178, South Carolina Highway Patrol

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