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Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: March 13, 2013
†††††††††††††††††† † †††Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† *News Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: March 13, 2013
Woman sentenced for crimes arising from
County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced that a
A. Thomas (DOB 3/4/59) was sentenced to the term on March 11, 2013, after she
pleaded guilty to counts of burglary, aggravated assault and theft by unlawful
taking. The term was imposed by Superior Court Judge Bradley Ferencz at the
Middlesex County Courthouse in
††††††††† Thomas pleaded guilty on January 14, 2013, admitting she struck William Koonz, Jr., 53, with a power tool and illegally entered his pickup truck and took it after her son, James R. Thomas (DOB 5/11/75) of Plainfield, fatally beat the victim in his South Plainfield home on June 28, 2012.
James R. Thomas and Shelley A. Thomas were arrested and charged on July 1, 2012, during an investigation by Detective Gary Cassio of the South Plainfield Police Department and Investigator Jeffrey Temple of the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office.
The investigation began after South Plainfield Police responded to a request from a family member to check on the welfare of Mr. Koonz. Assisting with the investigation were members of the Plainfield Police Department and the New Jersey State Police.
discovered the homicide when they arrived at
The investigation showed that James R. Thomas and Mr. Koonz were prior acquaintances and that Mr. Koonz was not the victim of a random act.
James R. Thomas pleaded guilty in January to a count of aggravated manslaughter and was sentenced on March 1, 2013 to 22 years in prison. He must serve at least 85 percent of the term before he can be eligible for parole.