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.
CLEVELAND - A judge agreed with jurors, sentencing a man to death row for the brutal killing of a Mentor-on-the-Lake bartender.
The Lake County Common Pleas Court judge sentenced Joseph Thomas to die for the brutal killing of a bartender two years ago. Annie McSween, 49, was violently murdered on Nov. 26, 2010. Her body was found behind Mario's Lakeway Lounge on Andrews Road where she worked. The Lake County Coroner's office said she died from multiple stab wounds.
Thomas was motionless and emotionless when the judge sentenced him to death. Thomas had a chance to make a statement, but refused. McSween's family didn't hold back though.
"You viciously and without remorse or mercy took the life of our mother and grandson's grandmother. Still to this day, you show no remorse, which speaks volumes to the narcissistic monster you are and struggle to see you as anything but," said McSween's daughter-in-law, Erin.
Months after McSween's death, her daughter, Erica, died of an accidental drug overdose at her Mentor home.
Thomas continues to claim he's innocent. The death penalty triggers an automatic appeal.
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.