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Clewiston man sentenced to 15 years for 2019 manslaughter

Writer: Joey Pellegrino
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Terrence Demitrius Thomas, 34. Credit: Hendry County Sheriff’s Office

A Clewiston man was sentenced Thursday morning to 15 years in prison for the murder of a man whose body was found in a canal in 2019.

Terrence Demitrius Thomas, 34, was adjudicated guilty and sentenced to 15 years in prison after being found guilty of manslaughter in February following a Hendry County trial. Thomas was arrested in 2019 for the murder of a 30-year-old local man following an investigation by the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office.

The victim was last seen getting into Thomas’ car. His family reported him missing on June 4, 2019, and his body was found two days later in a canal near the Hendry County line. Autopsy results show the victim died of homicidal violence and community members testified about Thomas’ involvement.