Woman gets 25 years for stabbing, beating death in SC

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Amy L. Berridge

SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – A Spartanburg woman was sentenced to 25 years for her role in the beating and stabbing death of a man that she and another suspect gave a ride.

Amy L. Berridge, 36, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, according to Seventh Circuit Solicitor Barry Barnette.

Berridge received a 30-year sentence that was suspended to 25 years in prison and five years of probation.

Prosecutors say Berridge and Roy Gene Sutherland, 35, conspired to stab and beat Lanham Joseph Wood on Jan. 6, 2018.

Deputies found Wood lying at the back door of a neighbor’s home.

Wood, 57, said he was attacked by a man and woman who gave him a ride home in a U-Haul after getting kerosene. Wood later died at a hosptial from multiple stab wounds and blunt force trauma to the head.

Investigators got a tip from someone who said they saw Wood carry the Kerosene container as he walked on Highway 296 toward a gas store. Deputies were able to get video from businesses in the area that showed the U-Haul travel toward Wood’s home.

Deputies also got police video of a traffic stop that showed Sutherland and Berridge before the murder.

Prosecutors said Sutherland had two knives in his possession. The couple was stopped again driving the U-Haul three days after the murder.

Investigators say one of the knives was missing and a blood spot on the passenger door frame matched Wood’s DNA.

Berridge’s mother had rented the U-Haul, according to prosecutors. 

The gray shoes Sutherland wore were found on property owned by Berridge’s grandmother.

Investigators say there was blood on one of the shoes that matched Wood’s DNA.

Sutherland received a life sentence in November after he was found guilty of murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Berridge pled guilty before Sutherland’s trial.

On Thursday, she was sentenced.

Berridge will serve 85 percent of the sentence before she is eligible for release.

“The evidence clearly shows that Roy Sutherland and Amy Berridge conspired to kill Mr. Wood,” Solicitor Barry Barnette said. “She will have a lot of time behind bars to think about the consequences of her pathetic actions.” 

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