Man convicted of killing wife, hit-man sentenced to death

Thomas Randolph appears in court Tuesday, June 20, 2017, during his murder trial at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. (Chad Graves/KSNV)

Thomas Randolph received two death penalties from the same jury that convicted him of murdering two people in 2008.

Randolph had no reaction as the jury's decision was read in a Las Vegas courtroom.

He was found guilty of plotting the murder of his wife, Sharon, to collect $400,000 in insurance money. He was also convicted in the shooting death of the hit man he hired to kill her.

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"I don't think they jury could have come up with anything else but death," said Sandra Miner, a friend of Randolph's wife.

"If he got the death sentence twice, and if they could resurrect him, he deserves to be killed a second time," she said.

There were no family members or friends of Randolph as the death sentence decision was read in court.

Randolph returns to court Aug. 23 for a formal entry of the death sentence as the conclusion of his murder trial.According to the prosecution, Randolph's motive was to collect on his wife's $400,000 life insurance policy.

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Sharon Randolph was shot to death in May 2008, where Randolph claimed to authorities that she was shot by an intruder in their Las Vegas home.

He says he confronted and killed the intruder in self-defense.

Randolph was convicted of both first-degree murders. He did not take the stand to testify in his own defense during the trial.

Randolph's formal sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 23.

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