Sentencing for Manslaughter

Terrence Demitrius Thomas, of Clewiston, was adjudicated guilty and sentenced to 15 years in prison after being found guilty of Manslaughter. The defendant was found
guilty in February following a Hendry County trial.

Thomas was arrested in 2019 for the murder of a 30-year-old local man following an investigation by the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office. The victim was last seen getting into the defendant’s car. His family reported him missing on June 4, 2019, and his body was found two-days later, in a canal, near the Hendry County line.

Autopsy results show the defendant died of homicidal violence. Members of the community testified as to the defendant’s involvement.

Assistant State Attorney Brenda Wade and Assistant State Attorney Leena Marcos prosecuted the case.

Samantha Syoen – Communications Director, State Attorney’s Office