Convict's Lawyers Contest Consecutive Sentences

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP)-- Lawyers for a felon who was convicted for a second time in the torture slaying of a young Knoxville couple are contesting their client's sentence.

Defense attorneys filed court papers this week, contending George Thomas should not have received consecutive terms in the 2007 deaths of 21-year-old Channon Christian and 23-year-old Christopher Newsom. The sentences add up to 105 years in prison -- two murder terms and a rape sentence.

The defense is asking Senior Judge Walter Kurtz to reconsider the sentencing, asserting the jury rejected the grounds for consecutive sentences.

No hearing on the motion has been set.

Lebanon, Ky., residents Thomas, Vanessa Coleman, Lemaricus Davidson and Letalvis Cobbins were convicted in the couple's deaths. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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