Thomas sentenced to 35 years in prison in Staples murder
MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee County judge sentenced 17-year-old Mical Thomas to 35 years in prison plus ten years of extended supervision. This, after pleading guilty to two charges of first degree reckless homicide in the murder of Sharon Staples and her unborn child during an attempted robbery in August 2011.
Thomas say still and silent throughout the sentencing — except for a few words spoken to the victim’s family.
“I, Mical D. Thomas, accept full responsibility for my part that brought your family such pains,” said Thomas.
But once the judge handed down the sentence, Thomas broke his calm. Thomas had to be brought under control by several Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Deputies.
The judge cited Thomas’ extensive juvenile record, the seriousness of the offense, lack of remorse, Thomas’ age and the guilty plea as factors for his decision.
Prosecutors say Thomas and Malik Merchant shot Staples when she refused to give up her purse. Staples was about 10 to 12 weeks pregnant at the time she died. Staples also had her 13-year-old son with her when she was shot.
Prosecutors say Merchant served as the lookout while Thomas tried to steal Staples’ purse, while her son ran to get help.
The alleged lookout, Malik Merchant, was also sentenced Friday after pleading guilty. He will spend 17 years in prison with eight years of extended supervision.
In May, the alleged getaway driver in this case was sentenced to 25 years in prison and ten years of extended supervision.
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