A South Carolina man was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison for kidnapping and killing a college student who accidentally rammed into his car, thinking it was his Uber.
Nathaniel Rowland’s sentencing, 27, came on the same day that jurors found him guilty of murdering 21-year-old Samantha Josephson of the University of South Carolina senior in March 2019.
Josephson, a New Jersey native, got into Rowland’s car after a night in Columbia’s Five Points entertainment district, assuming he would drive her back to her apartment, prosecutors said.
But she was later found dead with 120 stab wounds about 65 miles away.
“Her dreams were my dreams, and her death was my death. I close my eyes, and I feel what she suffered at her hands,” the victim’s mother, Marcie Josephson, said at Tuesday’s sentencing.
During the week-long trial, experts called by prosecutors linked Josephson’s blood inside Rowland’s car and the knife allegedly used in the murder.
The victim’s blood was also found on Roland’s bandana and a sock, experts testified, as well as on cleaning supplies in the trash behind his ex-girlfriend’s home.
The judge sentenced Rowland said on Tuesday: “He clearly put up an amazing fight against you and left enough scars for the jury to see what you did.”
Before the sentencing, Rowland maintained his innocence. His lawyers told the scientists that the scientists weren’t exactly sure that Rowland’s DNA was at knife.
He also noted that none of Rowland’s DNA had been found on his body – and that he had no clear signs of being in a fight, despite the victim struggling.
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