AIKEN, S.C. (WJBF) – Chandler Mann has been sentenced to 45 years in prison in 2020 murder of USC Aiken Student and Silver Bluff graduate Jeremiah Duncan.

Mann was arrested in February 2021 for the 2020 murder of 20-year-old Duncan, a USC Aiken student whose body was found inside a vehicle near Talatha Church Road and Gunter Road.

Mann was originally arrested on Feb. 5, 2021, on an unrelated investigation where he was charged with attempted murder, discharging a firearm into a dwelling and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Monday, Mann was sentenced in Aiken County Court to 45 years and remanded to the care of in the South Carolina Detention Center after pleading guilty.

Mann will be credited with 415 days time served.

According to family and friend, Duncan was on track to graduate in 2022 before his murder.

Duncan’s mom released the following statement,

Today was a very exhausting and mentally intense day, Judy Duncan (mom), (brother) Maurice Duncan Jr., and (sister) Laquisha Duncan gave statements to Judge Courtney Pope on how our lives have been affected due to the murder of Jeremiah Duncan. His life is gone forever and we love and miss him dearly. We must continue to seek strength as we accept closure of our dearly beloved one. We are thankful for the Justice that the court system rendered to our family.

Judy Duncan