A judge agreed with jurors, sentencing a man to death row for the brutal killing of a Mentor-on-the-Lake bartender two years ago.
PAINESVILLE, Ohio - The man convicted in the murder of Annie McSween will begin the penalty phase Wednesday at a Lake County courthouse.
Thomas is expected to make an unsworn statement.
Last week, a jury convicted Joseph Thomas on all counts. He was convicted of kidnapping, raping and murdering 49-year-old Annie McSween in Mentor-on-the-Lake on Thanksgiving Day in 2010. He then left her body behind the bar where she worked.
Thomas faces 25 years to life in prison. The prosecution is pressing for the death penalty.
NewsChannel5 will have a crew in the courtroom for the sentencing and will bring you information as it becomes available.
Jurors have unanimously agreed the death penalty is an appropriate sentence for a man convicted of killing a Mentor-on-the-Lake bartender. On Monday, a judge makes the final decision.
A Lake County jury unanimously recommended the death penalty for Joseph Thomas, convicted of killing a Mentor-on-the-Lake bartender in 2010.
Nine defense witnesses took the stand in the sentencing phase of convicted killer Joseph Thomas Wednesday in Lake County Common Pleas Court.
The man convicted in the murder of Annie McSween will begin the penalty phase at a Lake County courthouse Wednesday morning.
The jury has found Joseph Thomas guilty on all counts in the murder of Mentor resident Annie McSween.