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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Sep 10, 2019

Knox County Criminal Court Senior Judge Walter Kurtz has approved a plea deal that reduced the sentence of convicted killer George Thomas and removed rape convictions from his record. In return, Thomas admitted he is a violent offender and testified against Eric Boyd for his role in the January 2007 torture slayings of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom. During the proceeding, Kurtz made clear that deals offered after conviction by a jury are “unprecedented” and warned prosecutors and defense attorneys not to try it again. “It should be clear such use (of secret plea deals at the post-conviction stage) is not authorized or proper,” he said. With Thomas’ testimony, a jury convicted Boyd last month of murder. A hearing set for Sept. 18 will determine if Boyd should receive additional punishment for related crimes, including rape and kidnapping. Read more in this story from Knoxnews.