An Aiken man who was recently convicted of shooting a McCormick County deputy remains jailed and awaits sentencing.
A jury found Joe Ross Worley, 55, guilty of assault and battery with intent to kill and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime at the culmination of a weeklong trial last month in McCormick County. Circuit Court Judge R. Lawton McIntosh, who presided over the trial, elected to postpone imposing a penalty on the man to allow officials to conduct a pre-sentencing investigation. There was no date set as to when the sentencing hearing is expected.
Worley's conviction stems from a 2009 shooting at his home in McCormick's Buffalo Creek subdivision, during which he shot a deputy in the hand. The incident caused former McCormick County Deputy Bobby Rushton to lose a finger and resulted in severe nerve damage to his hand. It came on his first day back on patrol after returning to McCormick County following a four-year deployment in Iraq.
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