A Greenwood man was sentenced to 35 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday afternoon to two counts of murder and one count of discharging a firearm into a dwelling in connection with the Nov. 2013 killing of two women at the Extended Stay Motel.
Terrance Lamont Thomas, 28, entered the guilty plea before Circuit Judge Eugene C. Griffith Jr. at the Abbeville County Courthouse.
It was on Nov. 13, 2013 that police were dispatched to the motel, located at 909 Montague Ave., after an employee discovered the bodies of 38-year-old Danielle Graham and 34-year-old Brooke Bourne in a room. Both women had been fatally shot. Detectives discovered drug paraphernalia used with crack cocaine along with residue of the drug inside the room. Detectives also discovered .45 caliber shell casings which were ultimately determined to be from the bullets which fatally wounded the two women.
Thomas was arrested on Nov. 14, 2013 and gave a full confession to law enforcement. Thomas also confessed to firing the weapon into his ex-wife’s apartment the night of the double killing. Thomas was arraigned on the murder charges the day after his arrest and sat just a few feet from the families of his two victims as his charges were read to him. Thomas was denied bond and has remained incarcerated since his arrest.
Eighth Circuit Solicitor David Stumbo handled the case for the state and said it was the outstanding work of Capt. Nick Futch and investigators Whitfield Brooks and Bryan Louis that directly led to Thomas’ guilty plea. Stumbo also heralded the creation of the Violent Crime Task Force and called the killings senseless.
“These were senseless killings committed by a man who obviously has no regard for the value of human life,” Stumbo following the hearing on Tuesday. “The task force created by (Greenwood County) Sheriff (Tony) Davis and Greenwood Police 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 Eighth Judicial Circuit.”