Thomas to serve 2 life sentences plus 25 years

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(WBIR-Knoxville) The final defendant in the Christian Newsom murders was sentenced to serve two consecutive life sentences plus 25 years.

George Thomas, 30, sat motionless as Judge Walter Kurtz handed down the sentence in front of the victims' families.

It has been more than six years since 21-year-old Channon Christian and her 23-year-old boyfriend, Chris Newsom, were tortured and killed. In May, Thomas was found guilty on all 38 counts.

Thomas is to serve one life sentence for the felony murder of Newsom; a second life sentence for the premeditated murder of Christian.

The judge also sentenced Thomas to four 25-year sentences for especially aggravated kidnapping and robbery. Those terms will run concurrently, but will be consecutive to the two life sentences.

Thomas was also sentenced to four more 25-year sentences for rape, but will run concurrently to the first life sentence.

During the original trial in 2009, Thomas was sentenced to life without parole. The Detroit native was retried after original judge, Richard Baumgartner, could not properly serve as the 13th juror.

While the two sentences, on paper looks different, in reality Thomas would be in jail for the rest of his life -- to the relief of both victims' families.

"(The judge) did a good job. He didn't let the defense what to do. I think he already had his mind and he did a good thing," said Mary Newsom.

"You didn't know what they deserved, but you never know what you're going to get. And it was kind of a sigh of relief that both kids finally got the justice they deserved," Deena Christian said.

With parole and good behavior involved, Thomas would still have to serve 123 years and 3 months before he would be eligible for release. 

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(WBIR- Knoxville) Wednesday a man convicted of murder and rape will learn his fate for the second time.

It's been more than 6-years since 21-year-old Channon Christian and her 23-year-old boyfriend, Chris Newsom, were tortured and killed.

George Thomas is expected to be sentenced Tuesday for his role in their deaths.

At a retrial last month, a jury recommended a sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole for the murder charges alone. Meaning Thomas wouldn't leave prison until he was almost 80 years old.

The other counts including rape, theft and kidnapping could add even more time behind bars.

Last week, prosecutors asked the court to sentence Thomas to consecutive terms for those crimes.

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