DOTHAN, Ala (WDHN) — After a four-day Capital Murder Trial in a Houston County Courtroom, an accused murderer has pled guilty to a lesser charge of Manslaughter.

Jamie Townes was on trial for the murder of Breunia Jennings, who was shot to death in March 2018. Dothan Police say she was found dead in a stolen car belonging to Townes.

With this plea agreement, presented by Houston County District Attorney Russ Goodman on behalf of Jenning’s mother, Townes will serve 15 years in a state prison.

If Townes had declined the offer and been found guilty by a jury of his peers, he would have faced life in prison or the death penalty.

He was initially facing a Capital Murder-Vehicle charge alongside community activist Pastor Kenneth Glasgow, but Glasgow’s Capital Murder charge was dropped in February 2021.

According to Dothan Police, the night Jennings was killed, Townes and Glasgow were in the same car when they found Townes’ vehicle being driven by Jennings. Police say Townes opened fire on his vehicle, hitting and killing Jennings.

In May, Townes’ attorneys claimed the stand-your-ground defense, saying he shot at Jennings after fearing for his life once she drove the car towards him.