Man charged with murder in Ga. gas station killing

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009 7:38 AM
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DECATUR, Ga. - A man being held in the Richmond County jail on one murder charge has been charged with a second murder in the shooting of an Atlanta college student.

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Police say 23-year-old Joseph Thomas is charged with the shooting of 22-year-old Greggory Savelio on Aug. 22.

DeKalb County Police spokesman Jason Gagnon said Tuesday that Savelio had stopped at a gas station about 6 p.m. when gunfire erupted.

Savelio was studying business marketing at Westwood College while working full-time. He was scheduled to graduate in 2010. His mother says he attended Westwood College in Chicago but transferred to the Atlanta campus so he could be closer to his father, who lives in the area.

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office says Thomas is being held on an unrelated murder charge.

Thomas, of the 100 block of Calvary Drive, was arrested on September 15 and charged with murder, armed robbery, two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to Richmond County jail records.

Robert Lee Stone Jr. was shot to death in the parking lot of the Circle K at 1501 Gordon Highway about 9:30 p.m. on September 10, authorities said.

Thomas was also charged with the armed robbery of a cable installation man in the 2100 block of Second Avenue just hours before the September murder took place, Richmond County sheriff's Lt. Scott Peebles said.

In 2004, Thomas was sentenced to five years probation on a cocaine possession charge in Richmond County when he was 18. The probation was revoked in 2005, and he was later paroled to DeKalb Co. in August of 2007.

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Concerned2007
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Concerned2007 11/04/09 - 09:01 am
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Ok, help me out here. This

Ok, help me out here. This person was arrested for murder, but he was scheduled to gradute from college in 2010? I don't get it! What brought him to this point?

ripjones
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ripjones 11/04/09 - 09:03 am
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What a fine pillar of the

What a fine pillar of the community !! A worthless piece of human protoplasm. The Jackson Classification facility has a Death Chamber gurney (sp), with your name engraved on it. Let's hope it's a fast ride there, and that we don't have to spend alot of tax payer money on you.

sjsd725
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sjsd725 11/04/09 - 09:06 am
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I think the victim was

I think the victim was scheduled to graduate.

Jdog33
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Jdog33 11/04/09 - 09:20 am
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This article is very poorly

This article is very poorly written and confusing. Did Thomas shoot Savelio or Robert Lee Stone, come on Chronicle lets get this thing right. I hope this young man pays for the crimes he has committed..and my heart goes out to Greggory Savelio family and Robert Lee Stone's family....

SusieQ
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SusieQ 11/04/09 - 09:43 am
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Savelio was the victim and

Savelio was the victim and was to graduate in 2010. Thomas shot him in Atlanta and also shot Stone in a robbery in August.
THOMAS is the criminal, go back and read it again. He needs to get the hot seat.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 11/04/09 - 10:00 am
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He is a career criminal no

He is a career criminal no respect for another human life, the law or himself, hopefully he will never walk the streets again.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 11/04/09 - 10:20 am
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when is gerogia going to get

when is gerogia going to get a 1-2 strikes law???? it's time to build bigger prisons designed to put human trash like this away for ever..now "mr." thomas will get a scum bag lawyer who will attempt to get him off, by pleading him not guilty, file motions to supress all evidence and then work in an attempt to sway the jury to return a verdict of not guilty..hey why not hire victor hawk...he's known for representing murders who think nothing of butchering innocent people

disssman
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disssman 11/04/09 - 10:37 am
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Lifelong the reason these

Lifelong the reason these scum do as they want is because we build bigger prisons. What we need is to put up tent camps and dogs on the county line with no parking facilities for visitors. If they had to live their rest of their lives like a soldier, it may just deter some of them. I sometimes wonder if we shouldn't take a hard look at making another devils island.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 11/04/09 - 10:44 am
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the prisons i am talking

the prisons i am talking about offers no comforts at all with dogs, guard towers no visitation rights or any rights whatsoever other than the right to breathe until execution time(which will be quick)...the prision i am talking about will be a devils island it is used nothing but for long-term storage..no tvs, radios or activities of any kind, with chain gangs, reforestation or swamp reclaimation projects working sun up to sun down 6 days a week regardless of the weather. do everything to make him live in utter misery for the rest of their life or until the people he killed come back to life and request their release

andywarhol
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andywarhol 11/04/09 - 11:29 am
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Another thug with his head

Another thug with his head cocked back like he's cool. Real cool tough guy.

WhippingPost
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WhippingPost 11/04/09 - 11:44 am
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He'll get 5 years and be on

He'll get 5 years and be on the street to continue his chosen lifestyle.

Evans Ga.
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Evans Ga. 11/04/09 - 11:49 am
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3 hots and a cot until the

3 hots and a cot until the electric chair (hopefully).

Evans Ga.
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Evans Ga. 11/04/09 - 11:52 am
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3 hots and a cot until the

3 hots and a cot until the electric chair (hopefully).

Evans Ga.
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Evans Ga. 11/04/09 - 11:52 am
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3 hots and a cot until the

3 hots and a cot until the electric chair (hopefully).

Evans Ga.
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Evans Ga. 11/04/09 - 11:52 am
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3 hots and a cot until the

3 hots and a cot until the electric chair (hopefully).

Evans Ga.
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Evans Ga. 11/04/09 - 11:52 am
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3 hots and a cot until the

3 hots and a cot until the electric chair (hopefully).

SayNoMore
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SayNoMore 11/04/09 - 12:04 pm
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I traded in my Tourette's

I traded in my Tourette's computer mouse for a Logitech to cut down on stuff like that.

Just Another Day
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Just Another Day 11/04/09 - 12:31 pm
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Another young black man

Another young black man FALSELY accused of a crime!!!!!

ripjones
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ripjones 11/04/09 - 12:49 pm
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Just - I KNOW you are trying

Just - I KNOW you are trying to make a funny, right? BTW: we don't do the electric chair anymore. I really like the devil's island idea, but there are too many wussies out there to build one.

LolaJean
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LolaJean 11/04/09 - 12:49 pm
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Where are the race pimps?

Where are the race pimps? Justus4, Jackfruit, RCR. What are your thoughts on this story?

realitycheck09
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realitycheck09 11/04/09 - 01:06 pm
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lifelong: So what would you

lifelong: So what would you have the man do? Plead guilty to murder and get a life sentence? At a trial, you actually have a chance of going home. It would be malpractice to plead him guilty.

justbeasy
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justbeasy 11/04/09 - 01:06 pm
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Why would they be race pimps?

Why would they be race pimps? What exactly is a race pimp? this man committed a crime and that's that...now you are turning it into a racial issue....but then you call THEM race pimps? Irony here anyone?

ispy4u
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ispy4u 11/04/09 - 01:56 pm
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LOLAJEAN, when the murder

LOLAJEAN, when the murder suspect is White, do you ask the same stupid question?

ripjones
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ripjones 11/04/09 - 02:01 pm
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Sorry justbeasy, no irony,

Sorry justbeasy, no irony, just history. Justus4, Jackfruit, and others always say that the black man or woman is not to blame. Guess they even agree that it's kind of hard to sweep TWO murders under the rug of persecution. Oh, and don't forget about the cocaine from before.

not a sheep
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not a sheep 11/04/09 - 02:03 pm
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Great. Another worthless

Great. Another worthless piece of sh-- takes the life of someone who was actually going somewhere with his life. My heart goes out to the family of the student.

not a sheep
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not a sheep 11/04/09 - 02:06 pm
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LolaJean and Ripjones, how

LolaJean and Ripjones, how about leaving the race talk to those with lesser minds? I think it's well-known by now that SOMEONE out there is going to pointlessly bring up race. Why encourage it?

pommom38
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pommom38 11/04/09 - 04:03 pm
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It wasn't a stupid question,

It wasn't a stupid question, cause they know the answer already. Had this been a white person, you would KNOW the usual posters would be nowhere to be seen.
It's always painfully obvious around here..
Since they don't use the painful means, I say give the dude life w/o parole. His victims didn't peacefully go, neither should he.

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 11/04/09 - 05:20 pm
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Another "rehabilitated"

Another "rehabilitated" criminal. When are people going to stand up and demand that all convicted violent felons have any and all appeals heard and be put to death within a year of their conviction? You bleeding heart liberals just seem content with getting innocent people injured and killed with your 2nd and 3rd and 4th chances.

mable8
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mable8 11/04/09 - 09:10 pm
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For those who are "confused,"

For those who are "confused," Thomas committed two murders and is a convicted felon. Savelio (victim #2) is the student who was scheduled to graduate in 2010; Stone (victim #1) was murdered at the Circle K parking lot. Thomas received probation, which was revoked; apparently he served a short term in prison since he was paroled. Thomas should have been sentenced on the armed robbery charge--the article appears to indicate he was placed on probation AGAIN. Thomas became what he obviously believes he is: "A BAD DUDE." Given that, he should be charged with murder (2 counts), hate crimes, parole/probation violations, and receive the death penalty upon conviction. And baronvonreich, this is not a "rehabilitated" criminal; these individuals will commit crimes until they die and, therefore, are not rehabilitative.

LolaJean
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LolaJean 11/04/09 - 09:59 pm
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I comment on all murderous

I comment on all murderous thugs like this one ispy and justbeasy. Its funny how the "blacks are always the victim" people like Justus4, RCR, Farrakhanfruit wont ever show up and comment when it looks this bad for one of their own race. Trust me, there are plenty of whites that do the same thing too. I'm not not one em. This piece of garbage is just as bad as the white trash that kills someone. Lets all pay attention next time and see if the usual suspects show up.

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