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A Tennessee Man Said He 'Just Snapped' on the Way to Walmart. Then, He Fatally Shot His Wife in Front of Their 7-Year-Old Son.

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May 27 2023, Published 2:54 p.m. ET

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A man from Tennessee was handed a 35-year prison sentence for murdering his wife in the presence of their 7-year-old son.

On July 14, 2018, the family was headed to Walmart to pick up food for their boy’s birthday party, officials said.

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At some point while driving, Joanie Brady Hendricks stopped the car in Soddy-Daisy. Her husband, Brandon Ashley Hendricks, 42, pulled out a handgun and fired five shots at his wife, hitting her in the head. Brandon then called 911.

Hendricks was originally charged with premeditated first-degree murder, but he entered a negotiated plea to second-degree murder, officials said. He took the plea after two different mental health experts examined him and both concluded that a plea of insanity could not be sustained.

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During the sentencing, Hendricks addressed the crowd, saying, “I am so, so sorry that this happened. I wish I could take it back.” He added, “She’s the girl that I married. She’s the girl that I loved,” reported.

Hendricks’ young son also took the stand, asking his father why he did it. Hendricks replied, “I don’t know. I just snapped.”

Hendricks also got a concurrent 15 years for aggravated child endangerment, authorities said.


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