Joseph Thomas Jr. sentenced to life in prison

LEWISTON, ID - A Lewiston man convicted of murder received a life sentence Friday in Second District Court.

Thirty-eight-year-old Joseph Thomas Junior received a maximum life sentence with a minimum of 25 years by Judge Michael Griffin. Thomas was found guilty for the murder of his 28-year-old ex-wife Beth Irby-Thomas on May 1st.

"I take responsibility for the tragedy that is beyond measure," said Thomas. "I cannot express enough remorse or apology for not helping Beth when she needed it most. I am ready to receive my sentence and move forward and trying to make my way back to being a positive, productive member of society."

Judge Griffin said the decision was not taken lightly and both sides of the case were equally heard. In prosecuting attorney Dan Spickler's closing statement he said, "Thomas has had every right of justice the system can give to him."

Thomas has the right to appeal his sentence. Defense attorney Paul Clark was also granted a motion to withdraw from Thomas's case, and a new attorney will be assigned to Thomas once Clark completes the process of filing for an appeal.