Man Sentenced to 19 Years for Trying to Drown Wife in Bathtub


UPDATE 12:02 p.m.:

John Anthony Thomas was sentenced in court after attempting to drown his wife in a bathtub in Powhatan.

Thomas now faces 11 years for kidnapping, and eight years for felonious assault.

He will serve all 19 years consecutively.

“This court believes that this victim was in moments of death. I truly believe that. I believe that if it were not for I believe it was the son who jumped on the fathers back to get him off of her that she would be dead today,” said Judge Frank Fregiato.

According to Ohio law, Thomas will not be eligible parole and will have to serve the entire 19 years.


A man found guilty for attempting to drown his wife in a bathtub is expected to learn his fate Wednesday morning.

John Anthony Thomas was found guilty earlier this month on two counts of kidnapping and one count of felonious assault.

The incident reportedly took place inside the couple’s home in Powhatan.

The prosecution said Thomas grabbed his wife out of bed, dragged her into the bathroom, and tried to drown her in the bathtub.

He had reportedly drawn water in the tub earlier.

Sentencing is expected to start Wednesday morning at 11:30. 

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