300-pound woman murders 120-pound boyfriend by sitting on his chest after a row at their home in Pennsylvania
A 300-pound Erie, Pennsylvania woman accused of murdering her much smaller boyfriend by smothering him with her stomach has pleaded guilty to third-degree murder, a charge that covers unpremeditated killing with malice.
According to Go Erie, 44-year-old Windi C. Thomas cut a plea deal with prosecutors for a recommended sentence of 18 to 36 years behind bars, two to four years less than the maximum possible sentence of 20 to 40 years.
The deal, accepted by Judge William R. Cunningham, will also see prosecutors drop other charges against Thomas of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, and possession of the instrument of a crime, with the case no longer scheduled to go to trial as well.
Erie police said Thomas killed her boyfriend, 44-year-old Keeno Butler, this past March at their apartment at 1019 East Ave. Erie News Now reported that Thomas confessed to investigators that she had been drinking and looking to purchase crack cocaine on the day of the murder. She also admitted she cut Butler in the hand with a folding knife before striking him on the head with a table leg during a confrontation.
Afterward, she said she placed his head on the couch so a portion of her body would be on her boyfriend's head, and that she sat on his chest. It was noted by investigators that Thomas weighed 300 pounds while Butler just 120, with his death ruled as a homicide "caused by respiratory insufficiency secondary to blunt force trauma to the neck and thoracic compression, exacerbated by blunt force trauma to the head."
Police said the boyfriend's body was found on the living room floor at the residence after Thomas called 911 and said she had killed him. Her defense lawyer, Mark Del Duca, said it was not his client's intention to kill Butler, arguing, "The actual cause of death is she collapsed on him and he basically died of suffocation."
After Cunningham accepted the plea deal, Duca hailed it as "a good result based upon the facts of the case" and said "it's fair for both sides," but Sandra Butler, the victim's sister, said she wished the 44-year-old was handed down a longer sentence. "I feel like she should have 40 or more," she was quoted saying by Go Erie. "She deserved life," adding that the family was still struggling to deal with her brother's death.
According to the Daily Mail, Butler is survived by a daughter, Adele Brown, two grandchildren, his mother, and nine siblings, including Sandra.
Thomas is scheduled to be sentenced on December 21. The 44-year-old will remain incarcerated at the Erie County Prison without bond while she awaits her sentencing.