Man Agrees to Six Years in Prison After Causes Motorcyclist to Crash and Die

Joseph Rufo, Dedrick Strain | CREDIT: YORK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE; CRAWFORD FUNERAL HOME

A man who caused a motorcyclist Dedrick Strain, 25, to crash and die after the biker gave him the middle finger has agreed to deal to spend six years in prison, prosecutors in South Carolina said.

After the gesture, Joseph Anthony Rufo passed the biker on U.S. Highway 21 near Rock Hill in July 2019, then swerved in front of him slammed on his brakes, investigators said.

Rufo, 45, was originally charged with murder, but took a deal to plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter Friday and accept a six-year prison sentence.

– Ella Breedlove