A woman convicted in July of robbery and kidnapping charges in an incident involving her husband and landlord was sentenced to 18 years in prison at a hearing Thursday.
Christina Thomas, 32, is required to serve 100 percent of the sentence because of the serious nature of the crimes a jury said she committed.
Thomas was convicted of especially aggravated robbery and especially aggravated kidnapping for an April 9, 2007, assault at her former Fall Branch trailer. Thomas and her husband at the time, James Steven Thomas, were both charged in the incident after their landlord, Donald Teague, now 83, said they assaulted him, tied him up, took his money and fled.
Christina Thomas testified during Thursday’s hearing that her then-husband was mad at Teague after she told him that Teague had made sexual advances toward her.
Thomas did not testify at her trial in July and Judge Robert Cupp said Thursday that he didn’t believe her allegations against Teague. He also said he believed Christina Thomas was the leader in the offense.
Some of that did come out during the trial through Steve Thomas. He was an unwilling witness for prosecutors and took most of the blame for what happened, saying he didn’t know if his wife knew he was going to attack Teague or not.
Steve Thomas testified at trial that his wife told him that Teague had made sexual comments and it made him angry.
The attack happened after Steve Thomas had his wife call Teague to come to their trailer under the pretense of paying rent. Teague testified at the trial that after he went inside the trailer Steve Thomas struck him, but also said Christina Thomas was involved in tying him up and taking his wallet.
The Thomas’ were set to plead guilty to reduced charges — aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping — in November 2010. Steve Thomas did plead guilty and received a 10-year, one day prison sentence. Christina Thomas hesitated when Cupp asked if she was satisfied with her attorney — Jim Beeler at the time — and said she wanted to fight the charges.
At that point Cupp wouldn’t take the plea and set her case for trial.