CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - A Houston County jury sentenced Leonard Intelisano to 61 years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison for his part in the 2016 shooting death of Frank Thomas.
Intelisano, of Crockett, was found guilty of first-degree murder last week. The punishment phase of the trial is scheduled to start Monday.
Intelisano and Brandon Hill, the other suspect in the case, were each indicted for first-degree felony murder on April 1, 2016.
Intelisano and Hill were arrested back in January of 2016. They were originally charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
According to a press release from the Houston County Sheriff's Office, HCSO deputies responded to a 911 call about a shooting on Jan. 13, 2016, and found Frank Thomas lying next to a vehicle on U.S. Highway 287 south of Crockett at the intersection of County Road 4505.
Frank Thomas was conscious and alert, and he was able to provide HCSO deputies with details about what had happened, the press release stated.
However, Frank Thomas died at a Houston hospital about two weeks after the shooting incident occurred, and the suspects' charges were upgraded to murder.
Sheila Thomas said her husband, Frank, can rest now that justice has been served.
"Frank was a good man," Sheila Thomas said. "He didn't deserve this."
After the sentence was read out loud, Sheila Thomas took the stand and gave an impact statement.
With tears rolling down from her eyes, she told Intelisano he was a trusted friend of the family that took her life away when he shot her husband.
"Frank was a giving man, loving and caring," Sheila Thomas said. "He would help any neighbor or any friend. "
Frank's friends and family were in tears when they heard the verdict this afternoon.
"Justice has been served and my brother's name has been cleared," said Thomas' sister Debra Woolsey.
Sheila Thomas said even though Frank wasn't with her physically his presence was made known.
"I wear this necklace, and he was cremated," Sheila Thomas said. "I have a piece of Frank with me everywhere I go."
Since Intelisano did not accept a plea bargain, he has the right to request an appeal.
Jury selection for Hill's trial is scheduled for Oct. 16.