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Greenwood man sentenced in 2013 hotel murders

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Terrance Thomas (Courtesy: Solicitor's office) Terrance Thomas (Courtesy: Solicitor's office)
ABBEVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A judge sentenced a 28 year-old Greenwood man who killed two women at an area hotel in 2013 to 35 years in state prison.

The 8th Judicial Circuit Solicitor's office said Terrance Lamont Thomas pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon to two counts of murder and one count of discharging a firearm into a dwelling at the Abbeville County Courthouse.

Thomas shot and killed Brooke Bourne, 34, of Greenwood, and Danielle Graham, 38, of Ware Shoals, inside a room at the Extended Stay hotel on Montague Avenue on Nov. 12, 2013.

Hotel staff discovered the women's bodies in the room the next day and called 911.

Detectives also found crack cocaine paraphernalia, crack residue, and .45 caliber shell casings that investigators said matched the bullets that killed the women.

Two days later, police said Thomas confessed to killing the two women after spending several hours with them on the night the crime took place. Thomas also confessed to firing the murder weapon into an apartment while his ex-wife and four other people were inside. Police said that shooting happened in the Amber Chase community the same night as the hotel murders.

"These were senseless killings, committed by a man who obviously has no regard for the value of human life," said 8th Circuit Solicitor David Stumbo on Tuesday. "The (violent crimes) task force created by Sheriff (Tony) Davis and Chief (Gerald) Brooks continues to be a huge benefit to the safety of our community, and their phenomenal work on this case brought the perpetrator to justice quickly for the families of the victims. I will continue to work side-by-side with our brave law enforcement officers to remove violent criminals from the streets of the 8th Judicial Circuit."

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