Thomas hangs herself in jail

A former Clinton woman who traveled to California to kill her sister hanged herself in jail, the Associated Press reported.

Linda Thomas was found Monday morning with a bed sheet around her neck, hanging from the top bunk at the West Contra Costa Detention Facility, the news service reported. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Last month, a jury in Contra Costa County found Thomas guilty of first-degree murder, attempted murder, two counts of elder abuse and burglary. Thomas was scheduled for sentencing July 24 and was facing the possibility of life without parole.

In October 2015, Thomas hitched a ride from Whidbey residents to travel to Rodeo, where she shot her sister Zonna Thomas in the head with a revolver and then tried to shoot her brother-in-law, fighting with him for about 15 minutes before police arrived.

Thomas had been upset with her family over an inheritance. She purchased her own obituary from the South Whidbey Record prior to the murder.

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