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Murder sentence for Soto revised

One of the men convicted in the 2000 Juneau beating death of Kenneth Ike Thomas shaved 15 years from his sentence Tuesday after agreeing to drop his appeal and testify in a second trial of the other man imprisoned...
Robbery scenario disputed as testimony closes

"A drug deal gone bad" led to the death of Kenneth Ike Thomas, jurors were told Monday on the last day of testimony in the trial of Ronald Smith, charged with killing Thomas during a robbery...
Convict says Smith helped kill Thomas

Rey Soto recalled in detail Tuesday the events that led to the death of Kenneth Ike Thomas in January 2000, a story his one-time co-defendant's new lawyer told jurors to question. While Soto is serving a 30-year...
Juneau man may be retried for murder

The man sentenced to 85 years in prison for the 2000 Juneau beating death of Kenneth Ike Thomas could get a second trial much like the one that led jurors to find him guilty three years ago, according to a state prosecutor...
Alaska Digest

...sentenced to 85 years again JUNEAU - After being found guilty last year for a second time in the 2000 killing of Kenneth Ike Thomas, Ronald Smith was sentenced this week for the second time to spend 85 years in prison. The second Juneau Superior...
Smith guilty

...three hours Tuesday to find Ronald Smith guilty of murder for the second time in the January 2000 robbery that left Kenneth Ike Thomas dead. Smith, 39, as well as a witness he was found guilty of beating, showed no emotion in Juneau Superior Court...
DNA links Smith to scene of 2000 killing

Ronald Smith was arrested in clothes stained with blood from one of the victims of the 2000 crime that left Kenneth Ike Thomas dead, a DNA expert testified before the prosecution rested its case Thursday in Smith's second murder trial...
Who's who in Smith/Soto murder trial

...the Juneau Superior Court murder trial of Ronald E. Smith and Rey Joel Soto is a large one. And, in a sense, Kenneth Ike Thomas, the man Smith and Soto are accused of murdering, is also a silent witness in the proceedings that began Monday...
Smith, Soto guilty

...Ronald E. Smith and Rey Joel Soto. Smith and Soto were charged with second-degree murder in the beating death of Kenneth Ike Thomas, 36; with second-degree robbery; and with first-degree assault in the beating of Alfred Torres, 27. Superior...
Second trial in 2000 beating death set for May

...Juneau man will get a second trial in May. Ronald E. Smith, now 38, was found guilty in December 2000 of killing Kenneth Ike Thomas. Three years later the Alaska Court of Appeals reversed his conviction on charges of second-degree murder, first-degree...


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