Reno man sentenced to 40 years in prison for Sparks murder

Kareem Abdul Antwon Thomas Jr., 24. Washoe County jail photo.
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO)-- A Reno man must serve at least 15 years in prison before he's eligible for parole, after shooting a man in west Sparks in 2018, the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office said Sunday in a statement.

Kareem Abdul Antwon Thomas Jr., 24, pleaded guilty to second degree murder and to robbery last November in Washoe District Court. Judge Barry Breslow sentenced him February 17, 2020 to up to 40 years in prison.

Prosecutors said on May 11, 2018, a woman who knew Thomas was driving him home because Thomas was too drunk when Thomas began punching her and struggled with her over two guns she had in her car. The car crashed and Thomas fled with the stolen guns, the district attorney’s office said.

On May 14, 2018, Thomas and a woman with him passed in front of a car in which Michael Frost, 31, was a passenger. It was at an apartment complex on Greenbrae Drive at Sullivan Lane. Thomas and his friend walked slowly so the driver of the car with Frost revved the engine, prompting Thomas to yell at Frost. The driver then passed Thomas and the woman with Thomas twice more while driving around the complex and the second time Thomas pulled out a gun and shot several rounds at the car, hitting Frost in the chest.

The gun used in the shooting was stolen three days earlier, and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms recovered it in California in 2019. The second stolen gun has not been found, the district attorney’s office said.

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