Palm Sunday Massacre 7/15/1984 *Christopher Thomas convicted and sentenced to 25-50 years in prison; Parole hearing coming up in February*

1080 Liberty Ave Brooklyn
The arrow is where 1080 Liberty St building was in 1984

Victims
2 adult women, 8 children
Virginia Lopez, 24 (pregnant)
Eddie, 7
Juan, 4

Christopher Thomas was actually sentenced to 250 years in prison, but due to NY laws at the time, he would spend no more than 50 years in prison. His maximum date is in 2034, when he will be about 85 years old. He has been denied parole every time he has had a hearing.

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Books
Palm Sunday Massacre: Brooklyn, New York – 1984
Excerpt From Homicide Investigation: An Introduction

INMATE INFORMATION

Christopher Thomas

Identifying and Location Information
As of 01/07/13
DIN (Department Identification Number) 85A6098
Inmate Name THOMAS, CHRISTOPHER R
Sex MALE
Date of Birth 08/06/1949
Race / Ethnicity BLACK
Custody Status IN CUSTODY
Housing / Releasing Facility SHAWANGUNK
Date Received (Original) 09/12/1985
Date Received (Current) 09/12/1985
Admission Type NEW COMMITMENT
County of Commitment KINGS
Latest Release Date / Type (Released Inmates Only)

Crimes of Conviction
If all 4 crime fields contain data, there may be additional crimes not shown here. In this case, the crimes shown here are those with the longest sentences.
As of 01/07/13
Crime: MANSLAUGHTER 1ST
Class: b

Crime: CRIM POSS WEAP 2ND
Class: C

Sentence Terms and Release Dates
Under certain circumstances, an inmate may be released prior to serving his or her minimum term and before the earliest release date shown for the inmate.
As of 01/07/13
Aggregate Minimum Sentence 0025 Years, 00 Months, 00 Days
Aggregate Maximum Sentence 0050 Years, 00 Months, 00 Days
Earliest Release Date 02/2015
Earliest Release Type PAROLE HEARING DATE
Parole Hearing Date 02/2015
Parole Hearing Type REAPPEARANCE
Parole Eligibility Date 06/06/2009
Conditional Release Date 10/06/2017
Maximum Expiration Date 06/06/2034
Maximum Expiration Date for Parole Supervision
Post Release Supervision Maximum Expiration Date
Parole Board Discharge Date

7 Responses

  1. This guy should NEVER get out!! He was put on trial for the previous murder of Caroline Epps found in a motel room in Bergen County, NJ. He was found not guilty, however, after he was convicted of this crime he told officers he DID murder Ms. Epps. He had gone on trial for that, and was found not guilty, so he could not be placed on trial again for the Epps murder. This man should NEVER get out of jail!!!

  2. One of the Kids was my Niece and I miss her everyday and she will never come back. I don’t think he should be free since. She is never comming home.

    • I am so sorry for your loss…was the jury out of their mind when they gave this Devil manslaughter…I will pray for your niece. God Bless…….

  3. My mom was a juror on this trial. They were instructed by the judge to consider the defendents state of being when the murder took place. The “witnesses” who saw him near the scene of the crime testified that he appreared to be heavily under the influence of narcotics. Also – EVERYONE lied during the trial. The cops, the witnesses for the defense, the witnesses for the prosecution – everyone. They did the best they could.

  4. I remember this crime , I was 8 years old waiting for my dad to come home from work . At the time I lived on autumn ave and I used to go to bakery that was next to house where it happened and remember feeling sad about victims(kids) being my age . I’m 37 now and I still remember …

  5. This was my family… I was 7 years old when my cousins were killed. Especially my 14 year old cousin that was like my sister. I will never see them again… I remember being at the wake like it was yesterday. This monster deserves the same fate of my innocent family… May he burn in hell…always.

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