Hayti woman found guilty of shooting, killing boyfriend, sentenced

Hayti woman found guilty of shooting, killing boyfriend, sentenced
Lisa Hooper (Source: Pemiscot Co. Sheriff's Office)
Lisa Hooper (Source: Pemiscot Co. Sheriff's Office)
(Source: KFVS)
(Source: KFVS)

HAYTI, MO (KFVS) - A Hayti, Missouri woman was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday, June 20 for a murder that happened in May.

The Pemiscot County Prosecuting Attorney reported that Lisa Hooper was found guilty of murder by a Butler County Jury.

According to the Pemiscot County, Missouri Prosecutor's Office, Judge Pritchett imposed a life sentence without the possibility of parole for murder in the first degree.

He also gave Hooper an additional seven years for armed criminal action, which will run concurrent with her life sentence.

The deadly shooting happened around 10:17 p.m. on May 9.

Hooper, 37, was charged first degree murder and armed criminal action.

She was taken to the Pemiscot County Jail.

According to Hayti police, Hooper was the girlfriend of the victim, 28-year-old John Thomas.

They say an argument between the two in a car at the intersection of South 7th and East Monroe led to a shot fired from a semi-automatic handgun.

Thomas, was taken to an area hospital where he died early Tuesday morning.

According to the probable cause statement, when officers arrived, they found Hooper holding Thomas's head. He was sitting in the driver's seat and had blood on his neck.

Hooper was screaming that her gun had accidentally fired, according to court documents.

That loaded pistol was sitting in the front passenger seat.

According to the probable cause statement, Thomas was shot in the back of the head. That injury did not match Hooper's story.

A man standing at the corner near where the shooting happened told officers that he was in the back passenger side of the truck when the gun went off. That man told officers that he heard a loud boom and he looked up and saw an orange flash.

The witness told investigators the truck started to come to a stop and when he looked at Thomas, his head was slumped down.

According to court documents, the witness told investigators that before the shooting, Thomas told Hooper that "he didn't feel the same way about her now since she had sent nude photos of herself to another guy." The witness went on to say that Thomas told Hooper that he was done with her and that he was taking Hooper to get her vehicle.

According to Hayti Police Chief Paul Sheckell, officers were originally dispatched in response to an accidental shooting. However, Sheckell said further investigation showed the shooting was a homicide.

An autopsy was scheduled for 10 a.m. in Farmington.

Hayti police were assisted in the investigation by the Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Patrol, Caruthersville Police, the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Department and the Pemiscot County coroner.

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