Man Sentenced to Death For Bartender’s Murder

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CLEVELAND -- Joseph Thomas has been sentenced to death for the murder of Annie McSween.

No date has been set for his execution.

Thomas was recently convicted of raping and murdering the 49-year-old grandmother the day after Thanksgiving back in 2010. 

The family begged the jury to give Thomas, 28, life in prison instead of the death penalty. 

McSween was a bartender at the Lakeway Lounge in Mentor-On-The-Lake.  

According to Lake County prosecutors, McSween told Thomas to leave the bar and he did. 

At about 4 a.m., he attacked her by her car, raped her and stabbed her multiple times in the neck.

A few months later, police found her burned clothing and her purse inside a bin in the backyard where Thomas was staying.

Thomas still claims he’s innocent.

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