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October 18, 2011

Attorney General Koster announces conviction in St. Clair County murder case

Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today a St. Clair County jury has found Daniel Thompson, 37, guilty of 2nd degree murder and armed criminal action for the August, 2010, stabbing death of James Vail, 27, at the White Berry Farm in Roscoe, Missouri. Thompson was on probation from Polk County convictions at the time of the murder.

Koster said the jury handed down their guilty verdict after being presented with evidence that following a dispute earlier in the evening with his ex-girlfriend, for which he received citations for domestic assault and peace disturbance, Thompson went to White Berry Farm where the ex-girlfriend and the victim were spending the night. Thompson slashed the ex-girlfriend’s tires and then entered the residence and stabbed Vail to death with a single stab wound to the chest.

“Though nothing can bring back the victim of this senseless crime,” Koster said, “I’m pleased that our office was able to see that justice is being served.”

Circuit Judge James Kelso Journey has set Thompson’s sentencing for mid-December. Thompson has prior felony convictions for domestic assault, stalking, and burglary in the first degree. He faces 10 to 30 years or life in prison on the murder count and not less than 3 years in prison for armed criminal action.

Koster said Assistant Attorney General Elizabeth Bock assisted St. Clair Prosecuting Attorney Joleene Simmons in prosecuting the case.

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