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DNA linked state prisoner to Horry County cases

A man already serving a prison sentence pleaded guilty Monday to rape and was sentenced to 30 years in prison after DNA linked him to two cold cases in Horry County, according to the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

Gregory Pencille, 32, pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct and Circuit Court Judge Larry Hyman sentenced him to 30 years in prison and ordered him to register as a sex offender. Because the charge is considered violent, Pencille must serve at least 85 percent of the sentence before he is eligible for parole.

Pencille was convicted in November 2005 of kidnapping and is serving a 12-year sentence on that charge, according to authorities. After that conviction, Pencille was required to submit his DNA profile into the State Law Enforcement Division’s system that tracks the DNA of offenders.

As a result of his profile, two cold cases from the Horry County were identified as having a possible match with Pencille's DNA, according to the solicitor’s office.