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Man guilty of murder in 2007 baseball-bat death in Seabrook

A Beaufort County jury found a 37-year-old Beaufort man guilty this week of killing 21-year-old Josh Pringle with a baseball bat in Seabrook in January 2007.

The jury found Harold Lee Jackson, 37, of 2011 Dorchester Lane in Beaufort, guilty Thursday of one count of murder and two counts of assault with intent to kill, said Beaufort County General Sessions Clerk Mike Danyov.

State Circuit Court Judge Carmen Mullen sentenced Jackson to a total of 90 years for all three charges. He will serve the sentences concurrently, Danyov said.

The verdict came after a three-day trial on charges that he attacked his girlfriend, Nazerene Laurent, 36, in the downstairs of her 190 Stuart Point Road home with a baseball bat during an argument Jan. 3, 2007.

Pringle and Laurent's daughter, Shella Laurent, 21, were upstairs but came down when they heard the fight, and Jackson beat them too, police said.

Pringle died of his injuries more than a week later at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah.

Nazerene Laurent was treated and released at Beaufort Memorial Hospital, and her daughter, who suffered a fractured skull, broken bones and a collapsed lung, spent three days in Memorial Health in Savannah, according to police.

Jackson had been jailed at the Beaufort County Detention Center on $3 million bail since turning himself in at the Jasper County Law Enforcement Center in Ridgeland on the night of the attack.

Deputy Solicitor Angela McCall-Tanner tried the case for the state.Jackson was represented by Hilton Head Island defense attorney Don Colongeli.

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