He was sentenced to decades
It took three long years for anyone to be brought to justice for the murder of rapper Doe B and two other people at a nightclub in Montgomery, Alabama. Now the families of B and victims Kimberle Johnson and Timnarius Hamilton can sleep a little easier knowing that one of the three people charged with the shooting has pleaded guilty.
Darius Thomas, 29, pleaded guilty to three counts of murder. The charges of murder are a step down from the capital murder charges he was facing. As a result of accepting the plea deal, he also won’t face various assault charges related to the people who were shot during the incident and lived.
After he accepted the plea deal, he apologized to the three mothers who were in the courtoom.
“He spoke to me first and had tears rolling down his face and wanted to apologize,” Barbara Green, the mother of Johnson, told the Montgomery Advertiser. “The greatest part was just letting him know that I forgave him from the very first day that his happened. I had to have that for me to move on.”
Doe B’s mother Shirley Thomas also said that she forgave the shooter.
“It was a big weight off of my shoulders and me being able to forgive him,” Thomas said.
The mothers all hugged the man who just admitted to murdering their children.
“It takes a bigger person than I am to forgive someone for killing their child but I’ve seen it happen time and time again,” Montgomery County District Attorney Daryl Bailey told the Advertiser.
Thomas’ fiance LaQuinta Stewart said that Thomas accepted the plea deal to give justice to the people around Doe B who were killed.
“He didn’t accept the guilty plea saying he shot and killed those people, but he accepted the fact that him arguing with Doe B led to the shooting of those innocent people,” Stewart said. “The girl Kim and Tim, they were innocent. He pleaded out to give justice to those two innocent people’s parents. I do send my condolences to families that lost loved ones and to the victims who were shot and lived. It was a tragic situation.”
The shooting began due to an argument between Thomas and Doe B. Thomas was also shot during the altercation, but he lived. Stewart said that the guilty plea is not her concern because she feels like she’s lucky that Thomas is still alive.
“I don’t feel any type of way about him pleading guilty, because he could have died in that club that night,” Stewart said. “I thank the Lord for keeping him here for us. I’m just glad everything is over with, and I do thank the families for accepting his apology. They didn’t have to. But it took a lot for him to do that.”
Thomas was arrested in connection with the shooting in January of 2014. He’s been in jail ever since. Two other people associated with the shooting have yet to face charges.
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