Marion Co. Prosecutor requests life sentence for accused clerk killer

Desi Thomas (Provided Photo/IMPD)
Desi Thomas (Provided Photo/IMPD)

MARION COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office has requested a life sentence without parole for the man accused of the robbery and murder of an Indianapolis convenience store clerk.

The office filed the request against Desi Thomas, Jr., 22, on Thursday.

Thomas was charged with two counts of murder and robbery after police say he shot and killed Harry Briggs at Joe’s Junction convenience store on June 4.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed in the case, Thomas went into the west side store, pointed a handgun at Briggs and another store employee, demanded money and fired three shots at Briggs.

When police found Briggs, he was suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital in critical condition. Briggs died a few days later.

“The intentional acts of the defendant, as alleged, were nothing less than the cold-blooded killing of Harry Briggs,” Prosecutor Terry Curry said. “Those alleged acts, if proven, thus justify that the defendant spend life in prison with no option for parole.”

IMPD Chief Rick Hite said more than 100 tips from the community eventually led to the identification and arrest of Thomas.

Thomas has a pre-trial conference on October 7 at 9 a.m.

Early in 2011, Prosecutor Curry implemented a committee review procedure to evaluate the circumstances of any homicide which would involve potential capital punishment or life without parole.  That procedure, in general terms, involves a deliberative and critical analysis of the case, both in terms of facts and law, in-depth discussions with homicide detectives, and consultation with family members.

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