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      Hartsville man sentenced to 40 years for killing a woman

      Brannon Bryant/Darlington County Detention Center

      A jury found Brannon Bryant guilty Thursday of Murder and Possession of Weapon During the Commission of a Violent Crime in the death of Shannon Thomas, 25.

      Circuit Court Judge Michael Nettles sentenced Bryant to 40 years in prison.

      Bryant stabbed Thomas on June 8, 2012 at a home on 8th Street in Hartsville.

      Prosecutors said Thomas was able to run from the home to a neighbor's for help.

      She collapsed on the neighbor's porch, and that's where she died from injuries suffered in the stabbing.

      Bryant has to serve at least 85% of his prison sentence before he's eligible for parole.

      Fourth Circuit Assistant Solicitors Patti McKenzie and John Holt prosecuted the case.