Vale Man to Serve a Combined 30+ Years for Att. Murder, Assault, & Firearm Offenses

A Vale man already serving an active prison sentence of 10 to 13 years for crimes in Catawba County was given an additional period of incarceration for felony convictions in Burke County.

Tykevious Owan Thomas, 27, was sentenced to a prison term of 20 to 25 years by the Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, during Burke County Superior Court on Thursday, November 21, 2019.

The defendant received the sentence after he pleaded guilty to attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, and possession of a firearm by a felon. He will serve his sentence at the expiration of a prison term of 10 to 13 years he already is serving from a conviction in Catawba County less than two weeks ago.

Thomas was convicted of two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and possession of a firearm by felon on November 12, 2019, during Catawba County Superior Court.

He will serve the sentences consecutively in the custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.

On August 4, 2019, Thomas went to the home where his child’s mother was staying. He kicked in the door and choked the female victim before dragging her through the house.

When he saw movement in another room, Thomas started firing shots from a handgun, striking a second female victim in the stomach and leg.

After dragging the first victim further through the house, Thomas fired multiple rounds from the handgun, striking the first victim four times – in both shoulders, the stomach and head.

The defendant was out on pre-trial release at the time of the attacks on the two women.

Thomas’ sentence length was enhanced by a previous November 2010 conviction for discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling/moving vehicle in Catawba County.

Burton Wilbur led the investigation for the Burke County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Assistant District Attorney Michelle Lippert prosecuted the case for the State.

CONTACT: Nathan Key
Phone: 828-695-6193