Convicted Onslow Co. killer sentenced for 2014 murder

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A judge sentenced a convicted killer for a 2014 murder on Friday morning.

On Wednesday, a jury convicted 28-year-old Corey Thomas of voluntary manslaughter in the death of Robert Ward in July of 2014. Defense attorneys claimed it was an act of self-defense.

The judge overseeing the case sentenced Thomas to a minimum of 65 months to a maximum of 90 months in prison. He’s also ordered to reimburse the family of the victim $3,360. He also remarked that this didn’t have to happen and that he’d never seen a case like this.

The DA overseeing the case asked for a 73-100 month sentence for Thomas, considering that there were four shots to the back of the victim, execution style with a fourth shot to the head. The DA added that Thomas then fled the scene of the murder, gave someone else the murder weapon to get rid of, and then tried to attempt someone to help him flee.

We’ll have more details as they become available.

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