- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - A Peoria man has been sentenced for a second time to life in prison in the 2010 stabbing death of his estranged wife.

The (Peoria) Journal Star reports (https://bit.ly/1HeXdWU ) Clarence Thomas told Judge Steve Kouri that he wanted to appeal after he was sentenced Wednesday in Peoria County court. The judge told Thomas “if ever there was a person who deserved a life sentence it is you.”

Thomas was convicted in November of stabbing Martha Thomas 38 times.

He first was convicted and sentenced in her killing in 2011 but an appellate court nullified the conviction and found the trial judge should have let Thomas act as his own attorney.

Thomas was given a new trial but opted not to participate, saying he wasn’t ready and he thought his rights had been violated.

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Information from: Journal Star, https://pjstar.com

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