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Georgetown man sentenced to 35 years after pleading guilty to 2015 fatal shooting

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GEORGETOWN, SC (WMBF) - A Georgetown man pleaded guilty to murder in the 2015 shooting death of a 27-year-old man in Georgetown, according to Fifteenth Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson.

Dennis Cumbee, 23, of Conway pleaded guilty to murder. Cumbee was scheduled for trial in January 2017, but chose to plead guilty to his charge and was sentenced to 35 years in prison, a news release from the 15th Circuit Court states.

The 27-year-old victim, Tory Thomas, was shot five times on April 7, 2015, following an argument at a birthday party on South Alex Alford Drive in Georgetown. Cumbee surrendered to police three days later to face the charges.

According to the news release, Thomas’s family spoke during the hearing Monday and Todd said they were pleased with the plea and sentence in the case. 

“This was a senseless killing” Senior Assistant Solicitor Ricky Todd said. “It was the hard work of the Georgetown Police Department and the witness who were willing to testify that lead this case to a guilty plea today. We appreciate the diligence of the officers investigating this case that brought justice to the victim’s family.”

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