Thompson pleads guilty to murder

She accepts 95 years in prison

Accused murderer Margie Thompson pleaded guilty Friday, Feb. 1, accepting 95 years in prison for killing Walter Bryant Jr. and Faith Craig in January 2017, said Dearborn County Prosecutor Lynn Deddens.

Thompson and Cody Booth are accused in the Jan. 17, 2018, murders of Wayne’s mother and grandfather, Faith Craig and Walter Bryant, Jr., in their home on Douglas Drive.

“It is all about seeking justice for the families of Walter and Faith. Ms. Thompson is 48-years-old and accepted a plea agreement of 95 years in prison. In the State of Indiana, inmates are required to serve 75 percent of their sentence,” said Deddens.

“With Ms. Thompson, the 95 years set forth in the plea agreement is equivalent to 71 actual years in jail. Ms. Thompson will be 119-years-old when she will be released from jail. She, in essence, accepted a life sentence.”

Deddens announced Monday, Feb. 4, that Thompson pleaded guilty on Friday to two counts of murder.

Formal sentencing will be issued by Dearborn Circuit Court Judge James D. Humphrey on Tuesday, March 26. The sentencing hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m.

Two murder charges still are pending against Booth, who faces several other felony charges in connection to the murder. Booth’s trial is scheduled to begin on Monday, March 4.

Deddens filed a notice last month that she would not seek the death penalty against Booth and Thompson. The decision was made after speaking with the families of Craig and Bryant, she said.

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