Davis sentenced to 30 years – In mother’s death


Stanley “Shawn” Davis pled guilty recently in Anderson General Sessions Court to the murder of his mother in January of this year. The Honorable Lawton McIntosh sentenced Davis to 30 years in prison.

On Jan. 1, 2013, deputies were dispatched to the residence of Debra and Stanley Davis in the Wren community following a call from a neighbor. Mrs. Davis had gone to the neighbor’s house and told him that her son has set her on fire. EMS transported Mrs. Davis to Greenville Memorial Hospital and she was later transferred to the Augusta Burn Center. The defendant was shot by his brother later in the day of the attack on his mother.

Shawn Davis was charged with attempted murder after his release from the hospital. The charge was upgraded to murder following the death of Mrs. Davis in February. Stanley Davis, 62, father of the defendant, died in May of natural causes.

“We want to extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Debra and Stanley Davis,” said Solicitor Chrissy Adams. “Even while suffering the pain of her severe burns, Mrs. Davis prayed for her son. Hers was truly extraordinary love for her child, even in the face of such an evil act. For the next 30 years, Shawn Davis will be locked behind bars and have to live with the knowledge that he took the life of somone who loved him so much that she forgave him even as she suffered.”