Spartanburg man sentenced after shooting best friend

Published 12:51 pm Wednesday, July 12, 2023

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Dylan Painter sentenced twenty-five years in prison for involuntary manslaughter


INMAN– On Tuesday, July 11, Dylan Bryce Painter, 21 of Spartanburg, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter for the shooting of his best friend.

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In addition, Painter also pleaded guilty to possession of a weapon during commission of a violent crime and domestic violence to the second degree.

The incident occurred in Inman on Monday, June 14 2021, when Raegan Settle woke Painter for work  around 4:30 a.m. Painter then engaged in a dispute with Ms. Settle and struck her in front of her eight month old child.

Ms. Settle left the home with her child and called Painter’s best friend, Mason Davis, to try to calm Painter.

Upon arrival, Davis talked to Ms. Settle before entering the home to speak with Painter. 

In the home Davis got into an argument with Painter which led to Painter shooting Davis three times in the back with a twelve gauge pump shotgun. Davis was pronounced deceased at the scene by EMS personnel.

Painter tried to claim self-defense but investigators with the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office determined that the claim was not credible.

Painter was sentenced to twenty-five years in prison for voluntary manslaughter, five years for possession of a weapon during commission of a violent crime and three years for domestic violence in the second degree.

Solicitor Barry Barnette, who prosecuted Painter said “ Dylan Painter’s actions led to the tragic death of his best friend and have affected so many people who have tried to help Mr. Painter throughout his life.” on Wednesday.