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Christopher Thomas plead guilty as charged
August 12, 2007

Press Release For Immediate Release August 10, 2007

(Hamilton, Ohio) The Butler County Prosecutor announced today the successful prosecution of a career criminal. Christopher Thomas plead guilty as charged to Murder, Felonious Assault, Having Weapons While Under a Disability, and Illegal Possession of a Firearm in a Liquor Establishment.

On April 18, 2007, Thomas, a 29 year old, Hamilton man, was in the Pure Gold Elks Lodge arguing with his girlfriend. When his girlfriend attempted to end their relationship, Thomas became angry standing up and firing five shots from a .38 caliber, semi-automatic handgun into the crowd. His shots struck two innocent women, killing one and seriously injuring another. La’Don Williams, a 27 year-old, mother of three children, was killed. Agnes “Nikki” Harding was also injured after being shot in the arm.

Hamilton Police Officers on routine patrol witnessed the defendant leaving the bar while firing his last shot. The police gave chase and immediately apprehended the defendant. Thomas told detectives that he “didn’t care” if he killed anybody, and he wished he “would have killed” his girlfriend.

The defendant originally plead not guilty by reason of insanity, but after a forensic report was completed, was found sane and competent to stand trial. Thomas’ trial was scheduled to start on Wednesday.

Thomas faces a life sentence, with the chance for parole after 18 years, when he is sentenced on September 12, 2007 before Judge Craig Hedric.

Prosecutor Piper stated, “Thomas is facing a lot of time. We now have three young children without their mother and another young woman seriously injured because of Thomas’ viciousness. Shooting innocent bystanders, who were minding their own business has to be one of the most cowardly acts I have heard of in a long time. This kind of violence never makes any sense and leave nothing but tragic devastation in its wake. With his prior criminal record, it would be understandable if Thomas spends the rest of his life behind bars.”

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