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Jack Steven Thomas


MARION — A Hamilton County man was convicted Monday of first-degree murder in the shooting death in April 2015 of a Marion man.

According to a news release from Williamson County state's attorney Brandon Zanotti, Jack Thomas Jr., 38, was found guilty after a 10-day trial. The jury deliberated for two hours Monday before returning its guilty verdict.

The shooting happened late in the evening on April 20, 2015, in the 300 block of College Street in Marion. According to the news release, Thomas shot Michael Reed from the driver's side of a truck. Reed was 30 and a father of two. He died at Heartland Regional Medical Center from multiple gunshot wounds.

Thomas fled the scene following the shooting, and was arrested the next day in Carmi. 

During the trial, Thomas argued he acted in self-defense during the shooting. He also asked that the lesser offense of second-degree murder would be applicable in the alternative to the first-degree murder charge.

But the jury handed down the guilty verdict on the first-degree murder charge after deliberating for two hours.

Thomas will be sentenced by a Williamson County judge on Aug. 10.


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