Man found guilty of bartender murder

PAINESVILLE, OH (FOX19) - A man was found guilty of the murder of a bartender on Friday.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine credits teamwork between the Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents and local officials in Lake County after the murder conviction of Joseph Thomas.

"When our BCI agents were first asked to assist with this case no one had any idea who would have committed such a brutal crime," said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.  "Thanks to great teamwork between local authorities and our agents and lab technicians there is a conviction that has been a long time coming."

Thomas was found guilty of aggravated murder, kidnapping, rape aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence in connection to the murder of Mentor-on-the-Lake bartender Ann McSween, 49, in November 2010.

The jury found that Thomas raped McSween then beat and stabbed her to death. Thomas is facing the death penalty. Deliberations resume next week to recommend whether Thomas should be sentenced to death or serve life in prison with or without the possibility of parole. The sentencing phase will begin on Wednesday.

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