Man get 7 years for felony DUI involving death in Lexington County

A photo of the victim Wyatt Duval, age 21. Photo contributed.

Marshall Brandon McFarland, a 37-year-old Lexington County man, pleaded guilty Tuesday to Felony Driving Under the Influence, Death Results. McFarland was sentenced to seven years in prison by Circuit Court Judge Eugene C. Griffith, Jr. It is a “no parole” offense.

Over Labor Day weekend on Sept. 2, 2017, Wyatt Duval, age 21, of Lugoff, was traveling as a passenger in an Acura driven by McFarland on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 20 in Lexington County. The traffic fatality occurred when McFarland attempted to unlawfully pass another vehicle near the 60 mile marker in a construction zone. He lost control of the vehicle causing it to overturn several times. Wyatt was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene as a result of his injuries.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol responded to the scene and conducted the investigation of this case. Officers obtained a blood sample from McFarland pursuant to a search warrant, which revealed that he was under the influence of methamphetamine and his blood alcohol content was a .091. The legal limit is a .08 in South Carolina.

Assistant Solicitor Todd Wagoner prosecuted this case for the Eleventh Circuit Solicitor’s Office. During sentencing, Assistant Solicitor Wagoner, on behalf of law enforcement, told the Judge that “these are the most preventable of tragedies.”

Wyatt’s mother addressed the Judge during sentencing stating that she cannot “bring [her] son back, however there must be some justice for innocent victims who cannot speak for themselves.”

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