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Woman's sentence reduced in death, dismemberment case

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Carman Jenkins appears in court Monday where her sentence was reduced. (June 10, 2013/FOX Carolina) Carman Jenkins appears in court Monday where her sentence was reduced. (June 10, 2013/FOX Carolina)

The woman who pleaded guilty to killing and dismembering another woman in 2008 had her 50-year sentence reduced in an Upstate courtroom on Monday.

Carman Jenkins was in court requesting the reduction after she pleaded guilty to murder in 2012. A judge reduced her sentence to 40 years, according to FOX Carolina crews in court.

Investigators said Jenkins and her husband killed Mekole Harris and cut up her body in April 2008 to send a message to another woman, their former roommate, who had a relationship with them. The Jenkins claimed the roommate owed them $10,000, according to investigators.

Following her arrest, prosecutors said Jenkins made a deal with the solicitor's office that if she led them to the rest of Harris' body, in return, they would not seek the death penalty against her.

On Monday, Solicitor Walt Wilkins said the prosecution needed her testimony to help in the conviction of her husband Clarence Jenkins Jr. He said they believe she was truthful and fully explained their actions, so they her sentence reduction was a benefit for her cooperation.

Carman Jenkins testified against her husband, describing how they killed Harris and what they did with her body. She said that her husband pretended to be a police officer, convincing Harris that he would keep her out of jail if she helped them. She said they tied Harris up, and then made her call Davis' family to extort $10,000 from them. 

Harris was tied up for about a day before the couple killed her, Carman Jenkins testified. She said they then chopped off Harris's hands and feet, took her body to Paris Mountain and burned it.

Less than a month after Carman Jenkins was sentenced to 50 years in prison, a jury found her husband, Clarence Jenkins Jr., guilty. He was sentenced to life in prison.

"Hopefully that the victim's family still feels some sort of justice with a 40-year sentence for her and a life sentence for Clarence Jenkins," Wilkins said.

Prior to Monday's sentence reduction, Carman Jenkins' projected release date from prison was 2058, according to the Department of Corrections website.

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