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Monsters Among Us: Thomas M. Cottam Jr. killed Steven Garcia; Sentenced to 60 years in prison, with 15 years suspened – should have been life!

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INMATE INFORMATION

ThomasCottam

Offender Name: COTTAM, THOMAS M
Custody Status: In Custody
Age: 25
Location: Spring Creek Correctional Center
Race: White
Contact Facility: Alaska Department of Corrections

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2 Responses

  1. You are entitled to your opinion but I’m wondering how informed you are when making it. I have known the Cottams all my life and there is little chance that he is a “monster”. From the recounting of the events that I’ve read it sounds more like a classic example of self-defense not cold blooded murder. If someone were attacking you with a 2 foot bladed machete how would you react? How calm would you be in that instance?

    • You do have your opinion, of course. And since you know the killer, you cannot be open minded. You say self-defense, but I am not sure I agree. The victim was 81 years old and not healthy enough to attack anyone with a machete. Steven Garcia helped out Cottam, giving him a place to live and a job. After killing him, Cottam stole Mr. Garcia’s wallet, car and dog. What a slap in the face. So I do not believe Cottam’s story. I put it in this category because it was the murder of an elderly person, something that I truly despise.

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