West Melbourne Mother Sentenced to 50 Years in Prison For Deaths of Her Twin Children
By Space Coast Daily // April 27, 2021
Rachael Lynn Thomas pleads guilty to Second Degree Murder
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – A Brevard County judge has sentenced 33-year-old Rachael Lynn Thomas to 50 years in prison for two counts of Second Degree Murder in the deaths of her two newborn infant children discovered April 15, 2018.
Judge Charles Crawford sentenced Thomas to prison after she entered a plea of guilty to two counts of Second Degree Murder. Thomas also plead guilty to two counts of Aggravated Child Abuse and one count of Tampering with Physical Evidence, which accumulated for 35 years in prison without probation.
The plea agreement was reached after prosecutors agreed to drop the First Degree Premeditated Murder that carried a potential death penalty, in exchange for today’s guilty pleas.
The murders were discovered on April 15, 2018, at Thomas’ home located at 138 Laurel Oak Street in West Melbourne after Thomas called 911 to report a single newborn child wasn’t breathing at her home. However, West Melbourne Police also discovered a second deceased newborn child at the home.
Initially held on charges of Child Neglect, Thomas was subsequently implicated in the death of both children and arrested for Murder on April 18, 2018.
Thomas will be transferred to the Florida Department of Corrections on a future undisclosed date to begin serving her sentence.
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