UPDATE: Convicted Double Murderer Gets Consecutive Life Sentences

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 7/15/14
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Huntington man convicted of killing two people on Election Day 2012 will spend at least 30 years in prison before being eligible for parole.

In April, a jury convicted Thomas White, 22, on two counts of first degree murder in the shooting deaths of Devonte Penn and Darrell Fuqua at a home along Foster Avenue in Huntington on Nov. 6, 2012.

During a hearing Monday afternoon, Judge Paul Farrell ruled that the life sentences with mercy would be served consecutively.

Fuqua, 22, of Detroit, died at the scene. Penn, 17, of Detroit, died about 10 days later at a Huntington Hospital.

In October 2013, White’s co-defendant, Rocky Williams, 19, of Huntington, entered a Kennedy plea to second-degree murder and a guilty plea to second-degree robbery in the case.

He was sentenced to 40 years on the murder plea, and another 10 years for the robbery plea.



UPDATE 4/23/14 @ 2:15 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Huntington man convicted of killing two people on Election Day 2012 will receive life with mercy when he is sentenced to prison in June.

Tuesday morning a jury convicted Thomas White, 21, of Huntington, on two counts of first degree murder in the shooting deaths of Devonte Penn and Darrell Fuqua at a home along Foster Avenue in Huntington on Nov. 6, 2012.

Fuqua, 22, of Detroit, died at the scene. Penn, 17, of Detroit, died about 10 days later at a Huntington Hospital.

White was back in court Wednesday afternoon where he learned the guilty verdict comes with mercy. As a result, White could go before a parole board after serving 15 years on each count.

White is set to be sentenced June 13. At that time, Judge Paul Farrell will decide if the convictions will run consecutive or concurrent.

Prosecutors say they are seeking a consecutive sentence.

As White left the courtroom, he pointed to family members who told him they loved him.

We spoke with White's grandmother Alice Scott about the sentence and she says it's a mix feeling. "I was praying and prayer goes along way. What are you feeling right now? I'm kind of hurt and kind of sad but God heals all wounds. I'm satisfied with the final decision I have no problem with that," said Scott.

White’s trial began on April 14. White rejected a last minute plea deal from prosecutors that would have sentenced him to 40 years.

In October, White’s co-defendant, Rocky Williams, 19, of Huntington, entered a Kennedy plea to second-degree murder and a guilty plea to second-degree robbery in the case. In January he was sentenced to 40 years on the murder plea, and another 10 years for the robbery plea.



UPDATE 4/22/14 @ 12 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A jury has found a Huntington man guilty of killing two people on Election Day 2012.

Thomas White, 21, of Huntington, was convicted Tuesday morning of the shooting deaths of Devonte Penn and Darrell Fuqua at a home along Foster Avenue in Huntington on Nov. 6, 2012.

The jury deliberated just over two hours before reaching the guilty verdicts.

Jurors will return to court Wednesday afternoon to determine if White will receive mercy for the 1st degree murder convictions.

Fuqua, 22, of Detroit, died at the scene. Penn, 17, of Detroit, died about 10 days later at a Huntington Hospital.

In October, White’s co-defendant, Rocky Williams, 19, of Huntington, entered a Kennedy plea to second-degree murder and a guilty plea to second-degree robbery in the case. In January he was sentenced to 40 years on the murder plea, and another 10 years for the robbery plea.

White’s trial began on April 14. White rejected a last minute plea deal from prosecutors that would have sentenced him to 40 years.



UPDATE 4/22/14 @ 10 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A jury is now deliberating the fate of a Huntington man charged with killing two people.

Thomas White, 21, of Huntington, is on trial for the shooting deaths of Devonte Penn and Darrell Fuqua at a home along Foster Avenue in Huntington on Nov. 6, 2012.

The jury got the case Tuesday morning just before 9:30. One juror called in sick so an alternate juror had to step in.

As White left the courtroom he gave a thumbs up to family members.

Fuqua, 22, of Detroit, died at the scene. Penn, 17, of Detroit, died about 10 days later at a Huntington Hospital.

In October, White’s co-defendant, Rocky Williams, 19, of Huntington, entered a Kennedy plea to second-degree murder and a guilty plea to second-degree robbery in the case. In January, he was sentenced to 40 years on the murder plea, and another 10 years for the robbery plea.

White’s trial began Monday, April 14. White rejected a last minute plea deal from prosecutors that would have sentenced him to 40 years.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 4/14/14 @ 2:45 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Jury selection is underway for one of the two men charged in the 2012 Election Day murders in Huntington.

Thomas White, 21, of Huntington, is charged with the murders of Devonte Penn and Darrell Fuqua at a home along Foster Avenue in Huntington on Nov. 6, 2012

Fuqua, 22, of Detroit, died at the scene. Penn, 17, of Detroit, died about 10 days later at a Huntington Hospital.

Monday morning during a hearing in Cabell County Circuit Court, White rejected a last minute plea deal from prosecutors that would have sentenced him to 40 years.

White told the court he would take a deal that carried a 30-year sentence, but Judge Paul Farrell quickly rejected the counter offer.

Opening arguments could begin sometime late Monday afternoon.

In October, White’s co-defendant, Rocky Williams, 19, of Huntington, entered a Kennedy plea to second-degree murder and a guilty plea to second-degree robbery in the case. In January he was sentenced to 40 years on the murder plea, and another 10 years for the robbery plea.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest on this story.



ORIGINAL STORY 4/14/14 @10:50 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Jury selection is set to begin Monday afternoon for one of the two men charged in the 2012 Election Day murders in Huntington.

Monday morning during a hearing in Cabell County Circuit Court, Thomas White, 21, of Huntington rejected a last minute plea deal from prosecutors that would have sentenced him to 40 years.

White told the court he would take a deal that carried a 30 year sentence, but that offer was quickly rejected.

Jury selection is now set to begin at 1:30 p.m.

White and Rocky Williams, 19, of Huntington, were charged with the shooting deaths of Devonte Penn and Darrell Fuqua at a home along Foster Avenue in Huntington on Nov. 6, 2012

Fuqua, 22, of Detroit, died at the scene. Penn, 17, of Detroit, died about 10 days later at a Huntington Hospital.

In October, Williams entered a Kennedy plea to second-degree murder and a guilty plea to second-degree robbery in the case. In January he was sentenced to 40 years on the murder plea, and another 10 years for the robbery plea.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest on this story.


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