A Gaffney man was sentenced to 30 years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to killing a man and hiding his body in the trunk of a car, according to a release from Solicitor Barry Barnette.
Steven Clayton Scruggs, 33, was charged Tuesday with voluntary manslaughter for the June 2018 death of Jamie Lee Miller, 37, of Boiling Springs. Scruggs was additionally charged with and plead guilty to failure to stop for a blue light, possession of a stolen vehicle, second-degree burglary, attempted grand larceny and distribution of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.
The release states that Miller was found bound in the trunk of a stolen Pontiac on Paris Bridge Road and had died from cardio respiratory arrest after positional asphyxia and synergistic drug intoxication. Deputies investigating the death connected the stolen car to a June 15, 2018 burglary at Miller’s home, when two cars were stolen and Miller was missing.
Highway Patrol troopers found Scruggs and Tabitha Lianna Cook, 32, of Chesnee, driving the second stolen car, a Toyota Camry, two days later, resulting in a chase at speeds of more than 100 mph when Scruggs would not pull over. According to the release, Scruggs fled the vehicle when the pursuit ended at the intersection of Highway 11 and Long Branch Road, breaking into a home on Brotherhood Road. He was arrested while in possession of a little more than 2 grams of methamphetamine after attempting to steal a car.
Cook has pending charges of accessory after the fact of a felony and misprision of a felony.
Scruggs had no prior convictions. Scruggs and Cook are being held at Spartanburg County Detention Center.