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Snake breeder Ben Renick was killed in 2017 in rural New Florence, east of Columbia (file photo courtesy of Mr. Renick's family)

2034 parole hearing set for convicted Columbia killer Lynlee Renick

Convicted killer Lynlee Renick speaks to “Dateline NBC” correspondent Andrea Canning at northeast Missouri’s Vandalia prison in January 2022 (file photo courtesy of “Dateline NBC”)

Convicted Columbia killer Lynlee Renick will have to serve at least 12 more years in prison, before she’s eligible for parole.

Renick is the former Columbia spa owner convicted of second degree murder for the high-profile 2017 death of her husband Ben inside his snake barn near New Florence, a rural town near I-70 in Montgomery County.

State Department of Corrections spokeswoman Karen Pojmann tells 939 the Eagle News that Missouri’s Probation and Parole Board has set December 2034 for Renick’s first parole hearing. Renick is serving her 16-year sentence at the maximum-security prison in northwest Missouri’s Chillicothe.

A&E’s “Taking the Stand” profiled the case Thursday night, in a brand-new episode. The murder scene was so horrific that Montgomery County sheriff’s deputies first thought Ben Renick had been attacked by anacondas.

Lynlee Renick has maintained her innocence, saying Michael Humphrey of Jefferson City killed her husband. Humphrey, who’s serving a life prison sentence for second degree murder, testified against Lynlee Renick at her December 2021 Columbia trial, telling the jury that she killed her husband.

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