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Man requests new trial after conviction

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A 25-year-old man sentenced June 10 to four consecutive life sentences, plus 275 years in prison, has already petitioned for a new trial.

An attorney for Joseph Andrew Thomas, who was convicted on multiple charges, including murder, said "legal errors" were to blame for the conviction and a transcript of the trial would prove as much.

Attorney Katherine Mason's request for a new trial was filed Monday.

Thomas' crimes encompassed five separate events in 2009, including the shooting death of 45-year-old Robert Lee Stone Jr. in the parking lot of Circle K, 1501 Gordon Highway.

Thomas is already serving a 60-year prison sentence for his role in a jail riot last year and faces other murder charges in Atlanta, according to District Attorney Ashley Wright.

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Sentinel 06/16/11 - 05:46 pm
So his guilt had nothing to

So his guilt had nothing to do with his conviction? Gimme a break.....

realitycheck09 06/17/11 - 05:36 pm
Sentinel - a motion for new

Sentinel - a motion for new trial is just standard operating procedure. It's the first step before you file an appeal.

(and I know nothing about the case....but, let's be honest...juries do get it wrong sometimes).

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