It took a jury of 12 Lebanon County citizens four hours to decide the fate of Lindley Thelismond, 20, a member of the Crips from Brooklyn, New York who shot and killed James Jeter, 26, on February 27, 2019 inside a home on Lebanon’s north side of town, when he was just 17 years old.
A guilty verdict for 1st degree criminal homicide was handed down by the jury. The conviction normally comes with a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
However, there were two special questions the jury also had to answer, acknowledging the fact that Thelismond was only 17 at the time of his crime.
Lebanon County District Attorney Pier Hess Graf says case law passed about ten years ago requires that the judge conduct a very detailed sentencing hearing to determine whether a youthful defendant can be rehabilitated, or really should spend the rest of their life in prison:
She said some of those factors were deemed inadmissible for the trial.
For example, Thelismond was alleged to have shot someone in New York, shortly before he murdered James Jeter:
Graf said Thelismond is of Haitian descent and came to New York around age 14 or 15. He immediately joined the Crips and was dealing drugs in New York and for the short time he was in Lebanon, prior to killing Jeter.
He has been incarcerated in the Lebanon County prison since his arrest on February 28, 2019. Judge Charles T. Jones has scheduled sentencing for August 31st at 8:30am.