News for Immediate
Jan. 16, 2014
Corbett Signs Execution Warrant
Convicted of Murdering Homicide Witness in Philadelphia County
Harrisburg – Governor Tom
Corbett today signed an execution warrant for Donte Thomas, who was convicted
of First Degree Murder for the February 3, 2006 shooting death of Tyreese
Gaymon in Philadelphia.
Thomas is incarcerated at the State
Correctional Insitution at Greene and his execution has been scheduled for March
13, 2014. The execution warrant signed
today for Donte Thomas was Governor Corbett’s 30th warrant signed
since taking office.
Executions in Pennsylvania are
carried out by lethal injection. For more information, visit the Department of
Corrections online at www.cor.state.pa.us
and select “Death Penalty’’ from the left-side navigation bar.
Thomas, now 36, was
sentenced to death in September 2007 in the Court of Common Pleas, Criminal
Division of Philadelphia County.
Thomas met with Kareem Glass on
January 31, 2006 at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia. Glass was awaiting trial for the September
28, 2004 murder of Tyreek Gaymon. During
the meeting, Glass indicated to Thomas that he was nervous about Tyreese Gaymon,
Tyreek Gaymon’s cousin and witness to the murder, testifying against him.
Four days later, at approximately 10
a.m. on February 3, 2006, Tyreese Gaymon was on the corner of 15th
and Thompson Streets in Philadelphia with three other men when Thomas came
around the corner of Thompson Street, drew a gun, extended his arm, and began
shooting at Tyreese Gaymon. Gaymon
sustained four gunshot wounds; one to the left side of his chest which proved
The three men with Tyreese Gaymon at
the time of the shooting all identified Thomas as the killer. While awaiting trial in prison, Thomas
admitted to another inmate that he murdered someone who was going to testify
against Glass for another murder. In
doing so, Thomas asked the inmate if he would arrange the murder of one of the men
who identified Thomas as Tyreese Gaymon’s killer. Instead of doing what was
asked, the inmate contacted the police.
Maus, Governor’s Office of General Counsel, 717-346-4463
McNaughton, Department of Corrections, 717-728-4025