Lortez D. Thomas's punishment will include better health care and a longer life expectancy than his kinsmen who are not incarcerated.
Thomas executed Eric Mollet, 47, in 2008 in Washington Park, Illinois, an eastern suburb of St. Louis, Missouri.
The 'lynching' of Mollet was by gunshot to the head.
After executing Mollet, Thomas and two companions dragged his body to a vacant house and set it afire.
The murder occurred on November 16, 2008. Thomas was sentenced July 3, 2014.
After the murder, both women testified that Thomas forced them to perform sexual acts.
One of the victims testified that after raping the women, Thomas told her, "It was a rush I got after killing that honky."
Conner told jurors during her closing argument that the witnesses' stories were "inconsistent and illogical." She told the jury that there was no evidence to support the witnesses' testimony.
Sallerson and his co-counsel Amanda Fischer countered that the witnesses were consistent in their testimony that Thomas shot Mollet in the head.
Thomas made statements to investigators that he shot Mollet, but claimed it was in self-defense.
Those statements were not allowed during the trial because a judge found he did not knowingly waive his Miranda rights. Source ►Man gets 60 years for 'cold-blooded' murder of New Baden man ►
May 21, 2014 - Jury finds Washington Park man guilty of killing, innocent of rapes
November 16, 2008 - "It was a rush I got after killing that honky." ►
November 28, 2008 - Collinsville man faces charges in murder ►
Eric J. Mollet obituary ►
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