By: AP
By: AP

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A 44-year-old Alabama man who admitted stabbing to death a fishing boat captain while on the boat in October 2009 has been sentenced to 6½ years in federal prison.

Thomas J. Poole IV, of Foley, Ala., had pleaded guilty to manslaughter for the fatal stabbing of 53-year-old Michael G. Holman, of Bon Secour, Ala., as part of a plea deal.

Holman was captain of the Miss Sharlott, a fishing vessel based in Long Beach, Miss. Poole was a crew member aboard the boat. The stabbing took place about 18 miles off the coast of Louisiana.

According to the autopsy, Holman was stabbed more than 30 times in the back, chest, legs and face, said U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon on Thursday, before sentencing Poole to the maximum permitted by federal sentencing guidelines.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by hanna Location: dothan on Jan 21, 2011 at 10:30 AM
    the alabama justice system is dispicable...get caught with pot and serve 10 years .murder somebody and get 6 .people had better wake the h*ll up.you might be the next victim to deal with this injustice
  • by Anonymous on Jan 21, 2011 at 08:58 AM
    THEY HAD TO LEAVE OUT PART OF THE STORY IF ALL HE GOT WAS MAN SLAUGHTER.....
  • by Monica Location: Daleville on Jan 21, 2011 at 07:58 AM
    Wow, I am in shock, no a better word is DISGUST! I feel for this man and his family. Justice was not served in this case. 6 1/2 years for taking a life. Stabbing this Captain 30 times, some of those stabs being in his back. How can this judicial system we have and trust to do the right thing by us......be so unfair and/or corrupt? I just don't get it! From what I've read in the paper or what the websites are reporting here in SE Alabama, seems they let murderers off with lighter sentences, when compared to drug or theft convictions. I don't know all the facts in these cases, but what is wrong with this picture? What has happened to "An eye for an eye", or "tooth for a tooth"? Please someone enlighten me, cause I just don't understand!
  • by joan Location: ozark on Jan 21, 2011 at 06:30 AM
    what is wrong with the system that someone can stab someone to death 30 times and only get 6 1/2 years in prison?
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