August 23, 2014

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Lorain man pleads guilty to killing wife

Robert Thompson gets 24 years to life in plea deal

ELYRIA — Robert Thompson Jr. will serve 24 years to life in prison for raping and killing his wife last August, but it’s not enough for the family of
40-year-old Wendy Thompson.
“I believe he deserves way more than what he got,” said her sister, Ruby Rivera. “Life without parole would have satisfied me.”
Thompson’s sentence, which will officially be imposed July 25, was part of a plea bargain he made with prosecutors Wednesday, pleading guilty to aggravated murder, murder, rape, domestic violence and felonious assault. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to the 24 years to life sentence. Thompson could have gotten life without parole if he had gone to trial and lost.
Wendy Thompson was strangled to death at least 5½ hours before her husband called 911 about 6:30 a.m. Aug. 18, 2006, and confessed to strangling her at his West 10th Street home in Lorain. He told a 911 dispatcher that he tried to revive her right after she died.
Robert Thompson, 43, told police that he and his wife had consensual sex before he strangled her with his hands and a belt after the couple began arguing about her cheating on him and her plans to leave him.
Mari Delgado, another of Wendy Thompson’s sisters, said her brother-in-law wasn’t doing his wife’s family any good by taking a plea.
“If he thinks he made it better by pleading rather than going to trial, it’s not going to change anything,” she said. “She was miserable with him, and I hope he’s miserable in prison.”
Carmen Delgado, Wendy Thompson’s mother, said no plea, trial or sentence is going to change anything.
“No matter what it would have been, 20 years or life, it’s not going to bring my daughter back,” she said.
This isn’t the first time Robert Thompson has been in trouble with the law. He served 30 days in jail after pleading guilty in 2002 to domestic violence after slapping and punching Wendy Thompson during an argument about her drinking beer.
Zachary Simonoff, Thompson’s attorney, said his client knows what he did was wrong.
“He’s not a bad man, but he did a bad, bad thing,” Simonoff said.
Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.