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Woman sentenced to 12 years for role in 2008 Atlantic Beach killing

A Tennessee woman was sentenced to 12 years in prison Thursday for her role in the 2008 killing of an Atlantic Beach pawn shop owner.

Brenna Lee Jennings pleaded guilty to a charge of accessory to murder after the fact 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 12 years in prison by Horry County Circuit Court Judge Steven John.

Jennings' husband, Jeffrey Ray Jennings, of Greeneville, Tenn., was charged with the murder and sentenced to life in prison last year after he pleaded guilty to murder and armed robbery at the Horry County Courthouse.

John sentenced Jeffrey Jennings to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Holcombe's mother, Barbara, told John that her son's murder was just as painful today as it was the day it occurred.

"Because of the Jennings we have been thrown into this utter nightmare. It has completely changed our lives," Barbara Holcombe said, her voice strong and steady. "He was precious to us and he should not have died the way he did."

Barbara Holcombe said Brenna Jennings "was the only person in this would who could have prevented this crime had she chose to do so."

"By joining [Jeffrey Jennings], she supported him, endorsed him and condoned what he did and she became a part of it," Barbara Holcombe said as Brenna Jennings cried. "She can shed her tears and act remorseful, but she will never understand the tears we have shed."

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