Shoplifters Get Life in Prison for Security Guard's Death

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A Pontiac couple convicted in the dragging death of a Kmart loss prevention officer has been sentenced to life in prison.
Forty-year-old James Woodworth and 20-year-old Samantha Lomasney apologized Tuesday during sentencing in an Oakland County court. They were convicted last month of first-degree felony murder in the January death of 36-year-old Greg Wainio.
Wainio was dragged and crushed as he tried to stop the couple from driving away from a Waterford Township Kmart store with $400 in CDs.
Defense attorneys had sought a lesser charge, saying the couple panicked and meant no harm. Prosecutors say their actions ended in first-degree murder.
The victim's brother John Wainio told Woodworth and Lomasney at Tuesday's hearing that he wants to see them die in jail.

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  • by anonymous Location: lansing on Nov 24, 2010 at 12:46 PM
    bob, 1st degree murder does not only apply to premeditation. When a felony is committed that results in death, that automatically makes it 1st degree murder. The law states that the sentence is life imprisonment. The law is pretty clear, so there's no room for appeal here.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 24, 2010 at 11:55 AM
    They killed someone while committing a felony. They were set to do something that day. The plans flopped when the security guard confronted them.
  • by bob on Nov 24, 2010 at 08:28 AM
    ist degree is premeditated and not for this type of death. this should be over turned on appeal. yes shoplifting was wrong but running is what any criminal will do and is not a reason for the 1st degree charge,but just like all the other waste in our judicial system over charging and over sentencing only feeds the big money system that these terrorist that are in office have created to justify there paychecks and continue the felicing of the taxpayers...
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