Jason Bohn, the 35-year-old law school graduate convicted of beating and strangling his girlfriend to death in their Astoria apartment, was sentenced to life without parole on Tuesday.
Bohn was found guilty in March of first-degree murder in the slaying of Danielle Thomas, a financial analyst for Weight Watchers, in June 2012.
According to police reports and an audio recording — made during the murder and left on the voicemail of a friend of Thomas — Bohn, who pleaded not guilty last spring, repeatedly choked Thomas after he found an unfamiliar phone number on her cell.
“I’m going to let you up and then you need to answer quickly or else you die,” he was recorded saying. “Danielle, why did you call that number? You’re running out of time, Danielle. You’re so stupid. You think I’m going to stop, I won’t stop.”
The tape went on for a few minutes with Thomas repeatedly telling Bohn she was sorry and that she loved him. He continued to push her, asking why she dialed an out-of-state number, but the voicemail abruptly cut out before Thomas was killed.
Her body was found faceup in her bathtub submerged in bags of ice.
According to police, there was bruising to her face, shoulders and neck and lacerations on her face, mouth and chest.
Officials say the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the neck and torso. She was found a week after she was killed.
According to police, Thomas had reported that Bohn had beaten her a month earlier, leaving her with two black eyes. Reportedly, Bohn called her while she was at the police station and Thomas put the call on speaker. Bohn was threatening to bash her skull in and hunt her down.
At sentencing. the courtroom was packed with reporters and Thomas’ family and friends, waiting to hear how much time Bohn would serve.
The convicted killer was reportedly very emotional and unable to say more than “I don’t know what to say.”
Thomas’ mother and grandmother both spoke during the sentencing, calling Bohn a bully and telling him their lives would never be good again.
Todd Greenberg, Bohn’s attorney, had previously said the Astoria native suffers from emotional disturbances. He would not, however, go into detail and couldn’t say if Bohn had a history of mental illness prior to murdering his girlfriend.
According to police, when Thomas’ corpse was found, two handwritten notes had been placed by her body, apparently written by Bohn as one declared his love for her and the other claimed “it was an accident.”
Greenberg did not say if he was planning to appeal the sentence.