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Man pleads guilty to murder in 2008 Atlantic Beach killing

A Tennessee man facing the death penalty in the 2008 killing of an Atlantic Beach pawn shop owner was sentenced to life in prison Friday after he pleaded guilty to murder and armed robbery at the Horry County Courthouse.

Jeffrey Ray Jennings, 29, of Greeneville, Tenn., was charged with murder in the 2008 shooting death of Thomas Lane Holcombe, the 37-year-old co-owner of Thee Pawn Shoppe on U.S. 17 in Atlantic Beach.

Jennings was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole by Circuit Court Judge Steven John.

Jennings has been held in the S.C. Department of Corrections after he pleaded guilty in October 2009 to voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a Taylors man on July 23, 2008. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Police said Jennings went on the run with his wife, Brenna Lee Jennings, and after being spotted in Virginia and was later captured in Tennessee.

Brenna Lee Jennings was charged with accessory to murder after the fact in Holcombe's death. She is expected to return to court later this year on the charge.

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