John Floyd Thomas Jr. Sentenced to Life

on April 2, 2011 in Serial Killers by

John Floyd Thomas Jr., the so-called Westside Rapist, has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. He was convicted of seven murders, but is a suspect in ten to fifteen more.

Tracy Michaels, the great-neice of Elizabeth McKeown, one of Thomas’ victims, said:

He has been my worst nightmare. For me the death penalty would’ve been too easy.

Thomas raped and strangled Elizabeth, then stuffed her in the trunk of her car.

The sentence was part of a plea deal made by Deputy District Attorney Rachel Moser Greene. Capital punishment was not legal in California when all but one of the killings Thomas confessed to were committed. Even if Greene had pursued the death penalty, odds are that Thomas, who is 74, would have died in prison during his appeals.

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