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Man pleads guilty to killing ex-wife

Posted November 19, 2008

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— A Hoke County man pleaded guilty Wednesday to stabbing his ex-wife to death and was sentenced to life in prison, authorities said.

Linda Shaw Thomas, 47, was stabbed 21 times on March 3 after someone broke into her home east of Raeford, authorities said. She called 911 during the attack, and her screams awoke her two foster children, girls ages 15 and 17.

Allen Thomas Sr., 51, surrendered to his son and Hoke County deputies after hiding out in the woods for two days.

Linda and Allen Thomas had been divorced for 10 years, and she took out a restraining order against him in July 2007 to keep him from entering her home, authorities said.

The couple's son and daughter agreed to the plea deal, which spared their father the prospect of a death sentence if convicted at trial.

Linda Thomas had worked in local schools for 27 years, most recently as a librarian at Hoke County High School.

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  • Scubagirl Nov 19, 2008

    Obviously there is no deterrent or this would be stopping. Instead it's getting worse. I, for one, am sick and tired of supporting these admitted murderers for the rest of their lives, and providing them better health care than many gainfully employed people who are guilty of nothing but having a pizz poor job. Guilty of murder-death penalty! unless there are some justifiable reasons to keep them alive.

  • makeitright Nov 19, 2008

    Doubletrouble You are correct. They should take the judge and the lawyers in thei case and have their jobs. Why should anyone NOT kill whomever they want when this pitiful kind of sentence is brought down due to lawyer's games? Where is the deterrent?

  • doubletrouble Nov 19, 2008

    Regardless if the family wants to spare their father from the death sentence, it is us, the taxpayer, that will be funding his life on earth for the next 30+ years. A victim doesn't usually die quickly from being stabbed, it is a long drawn out violent affair, full of suffering. He should be put to death for the greater good of humanity, due to the violent nature of this crime.