Lawyer Sentenced to Life Without Parole for Girlfriend's Death

By Jeanmarie Evelly on April 16, 2014 12:45pm 

 Jason Bohn at Queens Supreme Court on Monday, July 23rd, 2012.
Jason Bohn at Queens Supreme Court on Monday, July 23rd, 2012.
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ASTORIA — A Queens lawyer who was convicted of first-degree murder for the brutal slaying of his former girlfriend was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Tuesday, officials said.

Prosecutors say Jason Bohn, 35, strangled and beat 27-year-old Danielle Thomas to death in his Astoria apartment in June of 2012. Her body was found in a bathtub covered with bruises and lacerations and surrounded by bags of ice, officials said.

"The defendant has been held accountable for his actions and will spend the rest of his life in prison," Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement. 

Bohn was found guilty of murder last month following a 7-week trial, where jurors heard evidence that included a voicemail recording from the night of Thomas's death, when her phone accidentally dialed a friend's number. In it, Thomas can be heard "begging Bohn for her life as he strangled her," according to the DA's office.

Thomas, who had met Bohn when both were studying at the University of Florida, had moved to New York for a job as a senior financial analyst at Weight Watchers, DNAinfo reported in 2012.

She had gone to the police just weeks before her death to report Bohn for assaulting her a month earlier, and for sending her threatening emails and text messages.

While she was at the 114th Precinct station house, Bohn had called her cell phone and could be heard saying "this was war, that he would hunt her down like a dog in the streets, and make her life impossible," according to the Queens DA's office.

Bohn was arrested that day and charged with assault and aggravated harassment, while Thomas was given an order of protection. The charges against Bohn were pending at the time of her death.

A message left for Bohn's defense attorney was not immediately returned Wednesday. His lawyer previously told DNAinfo that Bohn suffered from mental illness.

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