UPDATE: Jury Sentences KY Man in TN Torture Murders

By Associated Press | 

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A jury has sentenced a Kentucky man to life in prison with the possibility of parole for the brutal murders of a couple who were kidnapped during a carjacking in Knoxville. Under the terms, 30-year-old George Thomas of Lebanon, Kentucky will still have to spend 51 years in prison before being eligible for parole.

Earlier Friday, that same jury convicted Thomas of felony murder, aggravated rape, and numerous other charges in the 2007 kidnappings and killings of 21-year-old Channon Christian and 23-year-old Chris Newsom. Both were sexually tortured before they were murdered. The case is considered to among the most brutal ever in Knox County.

A jury has convicted a Kentucky man who was retried for the killing of a young Knoxville, Tenn. couple.

Jurors in Knoxville reached the verdict Friday morning for George Thomas on counts of first-degree murder and numerous other charges.

Thomas and three co-defendants were convicted in the kidnapping, torture and killing of 21-year-old Channon Christian and 23-year-old Christopher Newsom in January 2007. Because the trial judge later was found to be abusing prescription painkillers, new trials were ordered for Thomas and one other defendant, who has since been reconvicted.

Thomas is from Lebanon, Kentucky.

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