Ohio man gets new trial for 2006 triple murder after plea deal

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Ohio man gets new trial for 2006 triple murder after plea deal
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A man who won a new trial for the murders of three men in Ohio more than a decade and a half ago has been freed after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors.

Stoney Thompson, 43, was originally sentenced in Lucas County to three consecutive life sentences in the October 2006 murders of Todd Archambeau, 44, Kenneth Nicholson, 41, and Michael York, 44, which were found shot and stabbed in a closed house. in Toledo.

Thompson, originally convicted of being an accessory to murder, was sentenced for manslaughter under the plea deal, The (Toledo) Blade reported. He submitted an Alford plea, in which a defendant does not admit guilt but admits that prosecutors have sufficient evidence to be convicted.

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Judge James Bates sentenced Thompson to six years on each count of manslaughter to be served consecutively for a total of 18 years. The judge allowed his release but ordered him to remain on probation for the remaining two years of his sentence.

An Ohio man has been granted a new trial for the 2006 triple murders after a plea deal. The judge allowed his release but ordered probation for the remaining two years of his sentence.

In July, the Sixth United States Court of Appeals ordered a new trial for Thompson, citing evidence not released to the defense by prosecutors that included other potential suspects, recorded testimony from other parties and a photo of a bloody shoe print that didn’t’ match Thompson’s own shoes. Thompson’s brother Goldy was acquitted in the same case following a separate trial in which the evidence was not accepted, the newspaper reported.

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The appeals court judges also cited a lack of physical evidence linking the defendant to the crimes and called the jury’s decision to acquit Thompson of firearms specifications in each death ‘strange’, given that the victims were all shot and one died of a gunshot wound. .

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