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Queens Law Grad Jason Bohn Pleads Not Guilty In Beating Death Of Girlfriend Danielle Thomas

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Queens attorney Jason Bohn was in court this morning where he pleaded not guilty to charges that he murdered his girlfriend by beating her to death in a drunken rage last month.

Bohn — who has a history of beating the victim, 27-year-old Danielle Thomas — initially was charged with second-degree murder. But Queens County District Attorney Richard Brown earlier this month upped the charges to first-degree murder, citing subparagraph 10 of Penal Law 125.27, which states that “the defendant
acted in an especially cruel and wanton manner pursuant to a course of
conduct intended to inflict and inflicting torture upon the victim prior
to the victim’s death” as the reason for the escalated charge.

According to authorities, on June 26, Bohn — a 33-year-old graduate
of Florida Law School — called police and directed them to the Astoria
apartment he shared with Thomas, telling them a woman was unconscious inside.  

When he called police, Bohn told authorities he was “out of the area.”

When
police got to the apartment, they found Thomas’ body laying face-up in
the bathtub. Her body was surrounded by bags of ice and she had bruising
to her forehead, face, shoulders, chest and neck. The medical examiner
later determined that Thomas suffered broken cartilage in her neck, neck
compressions, several fractures to
the front, back and sides of her rib cage and a lacerated liver. Her
cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma to the neck and
torso.

Along with the body, police also found in the apartment two
handwritten notes — the first note said, “in substance,” that “It was
an accident, it was an accident,
it was an accident . . . I had been drinking and I was drunk when I
got home . . . She was already asleep . . . I woke up and there was
fighting between us . . . When I woke up again she was unconscious . . .
I am sorry.” The second note said, “Dani, I
will love you forever.”

Obviously, given the notes, authorities
believe Bohn is responsible for killing Thomas. Another incident that
happened early last month certainly adds to their suspicion.

On
June 7, Thomas went to the NYPD’s 114th Precint to report that Bohn
punched her in the face a few weeks earlier. She told police she
suffered two black eyes, and the blow sent her falling to the ground —
she said the fall caused injuries to her knee, which forced her to need
crutches to walk.

Additionally, Bohn was allegedly sending her
threatening text messages, and even called her at the police station as
she was reporting the alleged beating.

During the call at the
police station, Thomas put the phone on speaker and let the cops listen
to Bohn’s rant, which included him telling her that “this was war,” that
he would “hunt her down like a dog in the streets,” and that he would
“bash in her skull.”

Bohn was arrested that day and charged with assault and aggravated
harassment. He was arraigned on the charges and released on his own
recognizance. Thomas was granted an order of protection that
stated, among other things, that Bohn was to refrain from assaulting or
harassing her.

That, apparently, didn’t happen — about a month later, Bohn allegedly beat her again, this time killing her.

After
the alleged beating, Bohn went on the lam for about four days until
finally turning himself into police on June 29. When he turned himself
in, the tough guy was accompanied by his mommy.

Following Bohn’s arrest, Brown’s office said that “Ms. Thomas was a young woman with a bright and promising future
whose life was brutally and senselessly cut short allegedly at the hands
of the defendant. This case will be vigorously prosecuted to ensure
that justice is served for the victim, her family and other victims of
domestic violence.”

In all, Bohn’s been indicted on one count of first-degree murder, one count of second-degree murder, one
count of first-degree strangulation, one count of aggravated criminal
contempt, one count of tampering with physical evidence, one count of
first-degree criminal contempt, one count of third-degree assault and
three counts of second-degree aggravated harassment.

Following his arraignment, Bohn was ordered held without bail. f
convicted, he faces up to life in prison without the possibility of
parole.