SC man sentenced to 35 years in prison for murder of pregnant fiancée, unborn child

SC man sentenced to 35 years in prison for murder of pregnant fiancée, unborn child
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FLORENCE COUNTY, S.C. — A South Carolina judge has sentenced a man for the murders of his pregnant fiancée and her unborn child, according to our news partner WPDE.

Darkell Foreman, 33, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the murders 33-year-old Tomena Ford and her unborn child. He was sentenced to an additional five years for a weapon charge.

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Prosecutors said Ford was eight months pregnant when she was shot and killed in May 2016.

Foreman was found guilty, but mentally ill in December.

During his trial, prosecutors played the 911 call Foreman made shortly after the shooting. In the call, Foreman admits to shooting Ford.

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“I shot her because she was disloyal. I need an ambulance because she’s carrying a baby,” Foreman said to the 911 dispatcher.

Foreman’s attorney Bakari Sellers argued he suffered from severe depression and bipolar disorder. Sellers said Foreman tried to get help before the shootings.

Prosecutors argued Foreman was only looking for a way out.

“This doesn’t make sense. His story doesn’t make sense,” 12th Circuit Solicitor Ed Clements said. “And, it’s not because he’s crazy. He’s looking for anything he can to excuse himself.”

Foreman will serve his sentence in a South Carolina Department of Corrections prison.

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