The man charged with felony aggravated assault for the beating of Muhlaysia Booker was convicted by a jury Monday of a lesser charge, misdemeanor assault. With time served Edward Thomas, a 6’7 280lbs hitman will be free in four months.
Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon is a second-degree felony. The penalties for this conviction are two to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
The jury returned the verdict with the lesser charges after the defense argued successfully that the assault which Thomas was paid $200 for was mutual combat between two men.
On Friday State District Judge Hector Garza sentenced defense attorney Andrew W. Wilkerson to 15 days and a $500 fine for criminal contempt of court for “continued outbursts” in which he misgendered and deadnamed Muhlaysia Booker.
Wilkerson posted bond and was seen later that day in court.
The Dallas Morning News reported that friends and family on both sides of the case crowded the courtroom on the seventh floor of the Frank Crowley Courts Building.
Moments before the verdict was read, Thomas’ mother, Alicia Thomas, sobbed in one corner of the room. Booker’s friends and family sat in silence, some of their legs shaking nervously.
Alicia Thomas and her family quietly celebrated after hearing the verdict.
“I feel overwhelmed — relieved,” she said. “I’m just happy with the outcome. And I want to say, I’m sorry to the Booker family. And I hope justice is served for the loss of their child.”
Booker’s family declined to comment after the trial.