Greenville man gets life for attempted armed robbery
Eugene Thomas (Greenville Co. Detention Center)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -
A Greenville man was sentenced to life without parole after being convicted of attempted armed robbery Tuesday.
Prosecutors said that a jury also found 51-year-old Eugene Thomas guilty of third-degree burglary and possession of a weapon during a violent crime in connection with the July 22, 2009, crime.
Investigators said Thomas walked into an apartment on Forest Street in Greenville where he pointed a gun at a man inside, forced him to the ground and rummaged through his wallet. They said Thomas then fled the scene.
Prosecutors said Thomas' fingerprint was found on the inside of a door of an apartment.
Thomas was given the stiff penalty because he previously had been convicted of second-degree murder in Florida, prosecutors said.
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