Life in prison for man who killed pregnant girlfriend

Published on Thursday, June 17, 2021

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Brechue Wiles, 23, was pregnant when she was murdered on May 9, 2018.

Brechue Wiles, 23, was pregnant when she was murdered on May 9, 2018.




A Spartanburg man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing his pregnant girlfriend and dumping her body in the Duncan Park lake.

Tremaine Pierre Johnson, 27, was found guilty of murdering Brechue ("Bre") Wiles, 23, of Spartanburg, at the conclusion of a 4-day jury trial.

Johnson shot Wiles to death on May 9, 2018. The victim was in the early stages of pregnancy when she was killed.

Solicitor Barry Barnette and Assistant Solicitor Jennifer Wells utilized lay witness testimony, law enforcement testimony, physical evidence and electronic technology to prove their case against Johnson. 

"Bre and her family were thrilled at the prospect of beautiful baby joining them but their dreams were crushed by Tremaine Johnson’s heinous actions and the assistance he received from Ricky Tyrell Gentry,": Barnette said.

Wiles' family reported her missing to the Sheriff's Office on May 11, 2018. She was last seen leaving her aunt's Fernwood-Glendale Road apartment home two days earlier. Wiles told family she was going to visit Johnson and discuss her pregnancy. In her last communication with family, Wiles reported she and Johnson were at a park sitting by water.

Two walkers noticed Wiles’' body in the lake during a morning walk at Duncan Park near the intersection of West Park and Carolyn Drives. Wiles' body was recovered the same morning she was reported missing by her family. 

An autopsy revealed that Wiles sustained a fatal gunshot wound to her head.

Gentry, 27, of Spartanburg, stood trial with Johnson. He was convicted of accessory before the fact of a felony and accessory after the fact of a felony. He received a 30-year prison sentence. Gentry provided Johnson the murder weapon, a .40 caliber handgun. Gentry had telephone and text communication with Johnson before and after the murder. Gentry also used his telephone to research how to report a gun stolen.



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