A man who shot and killed a Forest Acres police officer during a chase through a mall has now pleaded guilty and will spend the rest of his life in prison.
Jarvis Hall entered the plea in a Richland County court Tuesday for the murder of 32-year-old officer Greg Alia in September 2015. He also pleaded guilty to weapons charges, possession of a stolen pistol, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, receiving stolen goods, removing a license plate and resisting arrest. He also admitted guilt to prior armed robbery and attempted armed robbery charges in Lexington County. Judge Steven John sentenced Hall to life without parole.
Alia’s widow Kassy spoke briefly during the hearing, saying she forgives Hall but had not wanted to even think about the man who killed her husband. “Your Honor, I struggled with whether I should speak today,” she said. “Then I realized that I needed to. Because if Sal (the Alias’ 2-year-old son) were to look back… I want him to hear these words. I want him to be able to find love in his heart, to redirect any pain he may feel towards helping others. I hope that he seeks to listen, to understand, to empathize, as I know people did during our pain.” [Read more…]