Saturday, October 31, 2009

Accomplice In T.I. Friend's Death Pleads Guilty

Padron Thomas, 41, plead guilty to manslaughter and other charges as an accomplice to the 2006 slaying of T.I. associate, Philant Johnson, according to The Associated Press. He was initially charged with murder.

Thomas was the driver of the car that was involved in the May 2006 shooting that fatally wounded Johnson, and injured 3 others. The wild car chase stemmed from an argument with T.I. and his entourage at a local nightclub in Cincinnati. T.I. and his crew left the venue, but a group of men followed them and begin to shoot at the vehicles carrying the rapper and his friends.

As a part of the plea deal, Padron testified last December against his younger brother, Hosea Thomas, who pulled the trigger. Hosea, 34, was found guilty of murder, felonious assault, and illegally having possession of a gun after a felony conviction. He was sentenced to 66 years in prison. This is the second time that Hosea was convicted of shooting in a public area, he was charged with the same crime in 1992, after firing his weapon during a bar fight. A pregnant woman was injured in that crime.

Padron Thomas is scheduled to be sentenced on November 17th, and in line with the plea deal, faces 10 years in prison. He is currently serving 17 years on unrelated federal drug charges.

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