McMinn County woman sentenced, man murdered while fixing car

(Photo: McMinn County Sheriff)

ATHENS (WATE) – A McMinn County woman was sentenced after pleading guilty for murder Monday.

Amanda Lee Britnell was arrested in 2014 after the death of Tyler Womack. Britnell received life without parole.

Womack died after a gunshot wound at a neighbor’s house on July 4, 2014.

“There ain’t no worse feeling than finding out your best friend just got killed for no reason,” said Lincoln Wilson. “I couldn’t understand why anybody would do it to start with and still don’t understand.”

Womack’s body was found by his grandmother after he never returned from fixing a car across the street. Investigators believe Womack walked in on Britnell, Martha Ann Thomson and Thomas Odum stealing guns and electronics from a building on the property.

“Tyler was in no way involved in the burglary. He was just a young man in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Sheriff Joe Guy.

At the time, there were no witnesses to the incident which made it hard to find suspects. However, investigators found trace evidence.

Britnell was also charged with aggravated burglary, burglary, theft, conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary and violations against the court or against (paraphernalia).

Odum was sentenced to life without parole. Thompson will be in court March 5, 2017.

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