Escambia Man Gets 50 Years For Killing His Wife

February 8, 2013

A 51-year old Escambia County man that shot and killed his wife in October 2011 has been sentenced to 50 years in prison.

James Scott Thompson was convicted of second degree murder in December, with Judge Michael Allen handing down the half century sentence Thursday. He will be required to serve at least 25 years before being eligible for release.

Thompson shot his wife, 46-year old Bobbi Thompson, in the face during a drunken rage at their home in the 4900 block of LaVentana Circle.  Deputies found Thompson leaning over his wife’s body when they arrived on scene.


12 Responses to “Escambia Man Gets 50 Years For Killing His Wife”

  1. Lisa thompson on March 24th, 2018 12:32 pm

    He is my uncle and it broke my heart when I learned of this tragedy.
    He was never an evil man and all I ever felt from him was love. I know that the only reason this happened was drugs and alcohol. I hope he finds some amount of peace during the rest of his life.

  2. David Huie Green on February 15th, 2013 9:43 am

    “Who the hell are you??? Do you know these people on a very personal level?”

    I’m nobody but I still have a right to express an opinion even if means you decide to hunt me down and shoot me too. No, I don’t know them and that is why I’m depending on what you say even when I say not killing her would have been better for your father.

    You say she abused him. I say fine, get away from her.
    You say he thought nobody else would ever love him.
    I say fine, go without love if that is what it takes to stay out of prison.
    You say he taught you to be responsible.
    I say fine, then you know who is responsible for his actions.
    He wasn’t a slave. He was a free man. I’m not sure what you can do which would make me eat my words or even which words I said which were false, but prove me wrong and I’ll start chewing and swallowing.

    You say, “ we must all look at both sides and what lead up to the events.”
    I agree. At least one of us is.

    David for getting along
    or getting away

  3. Mike Schnider on February 12th, 2013 10:33 pm

    Or so your say and we assume…..
    Who the hell are you??? Do you know these people on a very personal level? I do. They were my family and What I said is spot on and there are no lies within. My father told me the reason he stayed with her was because no one else would love him. He said, “im fat, im ugly and who else would ever love me” as she filled her belly with half gallon of rum at a time and called my sister a lesbian and slammed doors in our faces. You have no idea what the hell you are talking about so back off. He was a loving man who raised 3 great children who have all made responsible lives for themselves while her kids suffer from drug abuse, bi-polar disease and are in and out of juvenille detention and jail. Eventually slaves fight back against the slave owners such as Rosa Parks and the bus inncodent. We will appeal and I will hire a professional on battered spousal abuse and will will one day eat your words. I hope you the best and I hope you can one day realize these caeses on a personal level such as I have recently. it is not easy but we must all look at both sides and what lead up to the events.

  4. Mike Schnider on February 12th, 2013 10:20 pm

    She lost her house to meth addiction while he tried saving her by selling his house and moving her away, I was a ery close family friend and I saw things unfold as they were. She was a drunk hew brought on physical and verbal abuse on a daily basis. He finally exploded like any human would… or animal….. If you bute the hand that feeds you… you may not be fed anynore. Suffering for battered spousal abuse Jim reacted out of rage agaist his will and this was the result. You take someone who was addicted to drugs and liquor and put someone in to try an help them…. this is the result. Maybe not in all cases, but she sure pushed and pushed and hit and hit til the end was predictable….. 50 years when the mandatory is 50….. this jusdge needs to be judeged. All you who have an opinion who have never dealt with such a terrible situation… back off and let their families ourn.

  5. David Huie Green on February 12th, 2013 6:41 am

    Your father chose to stay with her, chose to live that way, chose to drink, chose to get drunk, chose to kill her. Then he chose to try to undo the results of his choices — or so you say and we assume.

    This judge chose to do his job. You complain about HIS choice.

  6. Scott Thompson on February 11th, 2013 8:21 pm

    I know this man on a very personal level… he is my father…. He has always been such a loving nice person and I have never even had an argument with him. My family and I were completely caught off guard and could not believe this tragic news. Seeing how a man convincted of robbery and killing someone with a gun only received 10.8 years is completely screwed up. This guy who only got 11 years gave up his friend so he got a shorter sentence. My fathers mistake, which was brought on by years of my step mothers verbal and physical abuse, caused him to over react out of rage and do something terrible he can never take back. These brief moments of uncontrolable rage lead to a 50 year sentencing. One second after it happened he tried saving her and had his neighbors call the cops immediately. There is way to much to this story to tell. Just know that he was a great person all his life until this terrible tragedy. Twice the minimum sentencing for a man without any previous crimnal activity and who did not flee the scene and tried recesitating my step mother moments after he made the mistake. This Judge is trying to make an example and that is not how the law is supposed to work…. it is supposed to be systematic. Who the hell does he think he is? THere has been so much pain and it keeps escalating…… he will serve his time and I just want to see him one day breathe free air after he pays his dues…. not 50 years later dying in these unhabitable prisons.

  7. David Huie Green on February 10th, 2013 3:01 pm

    “Why even sentence him to 50 years if he’s only “required” to spend 25?!”

    The idea, whether right or wrong, is that people who show signs of improvement might be safe to release into the general population sooner than those who continue to be violent. Thus, those with a hope of getting out early are encouraged to behave better.

    Similarly, any criminal actions while in prison can extend a stay, so he might just serve 25 years or might wind up serving 70 if he lives long enough.

    It’s worth considering that most people would not commit most crimes if they KNEW they would be caught and that they would have to pay a thousand dollar fine or even a single year in prison. The 25 year absolute requirement covers those who consider the chance they might get caught. To really reduce crime, the best deterrent would be if each and every criminal were caught each and every time and punished in some way. (Probation and unpaid fines do not count in their minds or mine.)

    This won’t happen unless all witnesses cooperate, all police are careful and cautious about only charging the guilty, all prosecutors are competent and committed, all juries are convinced of their guilt, all judges are willing to take the extra time and suffer the unhappiness of those who don’t want the guilty convicted and punished.

    In other words, it won’t happen

    David for better people
    and sobriety

  8. molino jim on February 8th, 2013 8:59 pm

    He truly messed up– 50 years (and no arrest history). Another fellow in court today killed another person and receive 10 years (and was report to have a history). Help me understand how the system works.

  9. ridiculous on February 8th, 2013 10:38 am

    I see where you’re coming from, but I think a 75 year old would still be able to pick up a gun and pull the trigger, and would therefore could still be a threat. And I think an “opt-out” option would be wonderful! But, that gets me thinking, if they are sent to death row, how long would they have to wait? Possibly longer than the sentence?

    And to Not so bad: Sorry about your brother. 20 months doesn’t seem enough for sure, but like you said, what value DO we place on a human life? Would life in prison for the driver have been enough? If it were my family, it would not have been. Unfortunately we cannot decide what happens to them and that sucks.

  10. Not so bad... on February 8th, 2013 9:51 am

    Florida’s legal system is not as bad as Washington states legal system. My brother was walking home and was killed by a vehicle/wreckless (suspect to being under the influence) – did not use a gun, same result – and the guy only got the maximum by law of 20 months. It makes no sense!! What value do we place on human life?

  11. Jimbo on February 8th, 2013 9:36 am

    @ridiculous, He’ll be 75 when he’s eligible. If he tows the line that is. It’s likely he won’t live that long because prison life ain’t easy. If he was 21, he’d be out when he was 46, then I’d worry that he’d re-offend. It’s safe to say, his life is over.
    This brings a larger question, should we give convicts who’ll likely die in prison the option to “opt-out” and up grade their sentence to “death penalty?”

  12. ridiculous on February 8th, 2013 7:48 am

    Why even sentence him to 50 years if he’s only “required” to spend 25?! I’ve said it a hundred times, OUR SYSTEM IS SO MESSED UP!

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