Maryville man gets life in prison for 2010 murder

Maryville man gets life in prison for 2010 murder

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Bryan Thomas (Source: Blount County Sheriff's Office) Bryan Thomas (Source: Blount County Sheriff's Office)

MARYVILLE (WATE) - A Blount County man received a sentence of life in prison for the murder of his childhood friend.

Bryan Thomas was arrested in November 2010 in the death of 35-year-old Steven Payne.

Payne, a manager of the Maryville Aubrey's who grew up on the same street as Thomas, was found dead in his home on Thanksgiving after he didn't show up to his family's dinner.

Several electronics were also missing at his home.

Police later determined that Thomas had killed Payne for the electronics and sold them for drugs.

On Monday, Bryan Thomas was sentenced to life in prison in Blount County Circuit Court.

He was also sentenced to two years for theft.

 

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