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Jury Recommends Joseph Thomas Receive The Death Penalty

The sentence of Joseph Thomas -- the man convicted of murdering Annie McSween -- will be decided Oct. 15

After seven hours of deliberation, the jury decided the Joseph Thomas -- -- should receive the death penalty.

Thomas, 28, did not react when he heard the decision.

However, the jury's verdict does not necessarily mean Thomas will be sentenced to death.

Lake County Court of Common Pleas Judge Richard L. Collins will make the final decision as to what Thomas' sentence will be 3 p.m. on Oct. 15.

Collins could also sentence Thomas to 25 years to life in prison, 30 years to life in prison or life without the possibility of parole, as opposed to the death penalty.

Thomas was convicted of aggravated murder, rape, aggravated robbery, kidnapping and tampering with evidence last Friday.

This week, jurors heard evidence intended to help them decide they should recommend for Thomas.

To that end, Lake County Assistant Prosecutors Charles Cichocki and Pat Condon presented aggravating evidence to justify the death sentence to the jurors.

Meanwhile, Thomas' attorneys -- David Doughten and Lake County Assistant Public Defender Charles Grieshammer -- offered mitigating evidence to justify giving a prison sentence.

Doughten and Grieshammer emphasized Thomas' difficult childhood.

Several family members and associates testified that Thomas .

McSween, 49, was tending bar at Mario's Lakeway Lounge in Mentor-on-the-Lake on Nov. 26, 2010 and closed the bar by herself.

Thomas, who was at the bar that night, was arrested and charged with her death after authorities found McSween's burnt clothes in a barrel behind the Mentor-on-the-Lake home where he lived at the time of the murder.

More trial coverage:

Jury Begins Hearing Evidence in Joseph Thomas Murder Trial

Prosecutor: Clothes of Murder Victim Annie McSween Found in Suspect's Backyard

Patrons of Mario's Lakeway Lounge Testify About the Night Annie McSween was Murdered

Suspect's Neighbor Recalls Burn Barrel Incident Hours After Annie McSween Was Murdered

Jury Sees Police Interviews Of Murder Suspect Joseph Thomas

Ex-Girlfriends Of Suspect Testify At Trial

Defense Presents Its Witnesses At Joseph Thomas Trial

Witnesses Testify About Joseph Thomas' Childhood

Joseph Thomas Speaks At His Sentencing Hearing

angela dragas October 05, 2012 at 12:04 AM
Sweet justice!!!
heather October 05, 2012 at 07:40 PM
I hope he gets whathe deserves he is the one person who treated me the worst...none of this surprises me....he is beyond help obviously
Kacey Shea October 08, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Great job Lake County jury! Thanks for seeing through the "I had a bad childhood" excuse. Sick to death of hearing people use this as an excuse to act like depraved monsters.

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