State seeks enhanced, consecutive sentencing for George Thomas

State seeks enhanced, consecutive sentencing for George Thomas

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The state filed a motion Wednesday seeking to enhance the sentence of George Thomas for his convictions in the Christian-Newsom murders.

A jury found Thomas guilty in December 2009 and sentenced him to life in prison without parole.

However, he's still due to be sentenced for the bulk of his convictions. The jury only dealt with the sentencing that involved the possibility of the death penalty.

The state's new motion also seeks for Thomas to serve his sentences consecutively. Part of the basis is his previous criminal history.

Thomas was found guilty in May 2004 of unlawful possession of a weapon. He was sentenced to a day in jail, a $250 fine and court costs.

In November 2004, Thomas was found guilty of two counts of theft of property under $500, plus failure to appear for booking. He was sentenced to nine days in jail and court costs.

The state also argues that Thomas treated or allowed Channon Christian and her boyfriend, Chris Newsom, to be treated, with exceptional cruelty and their personal injuries were "particularly great."

The couple was carjacked, robbed, repeatedly raped and murdered.


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