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Astoria man gets life without parole in girlfriend’s death


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

An Astoria man convicted of murder for the beating death of his girlfriend has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, District Attorney Richard Brown said Tuesday.

Jason Bohn, 35, was found guilty on March 5 of first-degree murder for strangling and torturing his 27-year-old girlfriend, Danielle Thomas, to death on June 26, 2012 inside their Astoria apartment.

The couple was feuding over phone calls Thomas had made, according to trial testimony.

“The defendant has been held accountable for his actions and will spend the rest of his life in prison,” Brown said. “At trial, the jury listened to harrowing evidence – including a recording during which the victim begged for her life as the defendant tortured and ultimately killed her – and returned a verdict of first-degree murder finding that ‘the defendant acted in an especially cruel and wanton manner pursuant to a course of conduct intended to inflict and inflicting torture upon the victim prior to the victim’s death.’”

Bohn, a University of Florida law school graduate, was also convicted of tampering with physical evidence and first-degree criminal contempt.

 

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Astoria man convicted of first-degree murder for killing girlfriend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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An Astoria man has been convicted in the brutal beating death of his girlfriend, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.

Jason Bohn, 35, was found guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder for strangling and torturing his 27-year-old girlfriend, Danielle Thomas, to death on June 26, 2012.

The live-in couple was feuding over phone calls Thomas had made, according to trial testimony.

“The victim was a young woman who fought for her life until she was overcome by the defendant,” Brown said. “He has justly been held accountable for his actions and it is likely he will spend the rest of his life in prison.”

Bohn, a University of Florida law school graduate, was also convicted of tampering with physical evidence and first-degree criminal contempt following a seven-week jury trial before Queens Supreme Court Justice Michael Aloise.

He faces up to life in prison without parole when he is sentenced April 2.

Bohn’s attorney was not immediately available for comment.

 

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Man surrenders in brutal beating death of woman


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Three days after the alleged crime took place, accompanied by his mother and lawyer, Jason Bohn, 33, gave himself up to police, who arrested and charged him for the murder of his 27-year-old girlfriend, Danielle Thomas.

On Tuesday, June 26, officers from the 114th Precinct responded to a call at the couple’s shared Astoria apartment. The caller identified himself as Bohn, alleging a woman was unconscious inside the 33rd Street home.

When police arrived at the apartment, they discovered Thomas’ body laying face up in a bathtub filled with ice. Police noticed bruising on her forehead, face, shoulders, chest and neck, as well as lacerations to her face, mouth and chest. According to the medical examiner’s office, there was broken cartilage in Thomas’s neck, neck compressions, several fractures to her rib cage and a lacerated liver. Cause of death was listed as blunt force trauma to the neck and torso.

Alongside her body, police found two handwritten letters. The first note allegedly stated, “It was an accident, it was an accident, it was an accident…I had been drinking and I was drunk when I got home… She was already asleep…I woke up and there was fighting between us…When I woke up again she was unconscious …I am sorry.”

The second allegedly read, “Dani, I will love you forever.”

On June 7, Thomas reported a May assault incident to the 114th Precinct. According to her report, Bohn punched her in the face and knocked her to the ground, injuring her leg and leaving her with two black eyes. He also allegedly sent her threatening text messages and emails.

While filing the report, Bohn called Thomas. She put him on speakerphone and a police sergeant allegedly heard Bohn say “this is war, that [he] would hunt her down like a dog in the streets, and that [he would] bash in her skull.”

Police arrested Bohn that day and charged him with assault and aggravated harassment. He was arraigned on the charges and released on his own recognizance. Thomas received an order of protection against her boyfriend.

On Friday, June 29, Bohn was charged with second-degree murder, aggravated criminal contempt, first-degree criminal contempt and tampering with physical evidence.

If convicted, he faces up to 25 years to life in prison.

Attempts to reach Bohn’s attorney were unsuccessful as of press time.

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Police Search For Boyfriend In Connection With Murder Of Danielle Thomas Of Astoria

A man is suspected of killing his girlfriend after once threatening to hunt her down, “like a dog in the streets.” Several instances of documented domestic abuse caused Danielle Thomas, 27, to flee her Astoria apartment building, where police found her dead Tuesday night. The big question now is why did she return? Read more: [1010wins]

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