2010-04-22 / Local & State

Drug Kingpin Convicted In Pennsylvania In Wife’s Murder

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A convicted drug kingpin has been sentenced to life in prison after a Philadelphia jury found him guilty of orchestrating the 1995 slaying of his estranged wife.

Jurors convicted 46-yearold Corbin Thomas of firstdegree murder and conspiracy on Friday afternoon. Authorities said he hired a hit man who wore a wolfman mask when he tied up the couple’s daughter and shot and killed 29-year-old Hope Thomas.

In 2007, Corbin Thomas was sentenced to 35 years on drug and money laundering counts, and prosecutors said he had his wife killed because he thought she was cooperating with investigators.

The defendant acted as his own attorney and told jurors that he would never have subjected his then-7- year-old child to such trauma. The victim’s family expressed relief after the verdict, and the couple’s daughter, 21-year-old Danielle, said she testified on behalf of her mother.

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