Jade Sanders and Lamont Thomas


27-year-old Jade Sanders and 31-year-old Lamont Thomas were found guilty on the 2nd of May, 2007 of the murder of their infant son.

Their 6-week-old baby, named “Crown Shakur,” died after being fed a vegan diet consisting mostly of apple juice and soy milk. Jade Sanders gave birth to Crown at home, using a water-filled bathtub. Jade Sanders and Lamont Thomas claim that the baby was not taken to the hospital because they believed hospitals were full of germs. During their child’s short life, he didn’t see a doctor until he was dead.

Their claims of feeding the baby an alternative diet might have been slightly more believable had there been more than one bottle in the house.

Crown Shakur weighed only three and a half pounds when he died. He was probably in pain throughout his entire life, as starvation is a long, hard way to die.

According to prosecutors:

The first time he ever saw a doctor was when he was brought dead on arrival to Piedmont Hospital in a state that was clearly beyond malnourishment, but starvation.

Jurors found both parents guilty of malice murder, felony murder, involuntary manslaughter and cruelty to children.

It took about seven hours for the jury to bring back the guilty verdicts..

According to Lamont Thomas, who was very upset that they’d been found guilty:

We didn’t starve my son to death. We didn’t starve my son for weeks and weeks and weeks. You know we’ve been vegetarians. We’re against animal cruelty. So why would I be cruel to my son? We’re against animals being burdened. Why would be cruel and burden him and try to drive around and do something with his body? We’re going to jail for no reason.

Prosecutor Chuck Boring responded:

No matter how many times they want to say, ‘We’re vegans, we’re vegetarians,’ that’s not the issue in this case. The child died because he was not fed. Period.

The couple received an automatic life sentence, during which they will be fed.


Shaun A. Lockett and Lashawn S. Brown

After Brown, a relative and paid caregiver, severely burned Mr. Lockett’s 10-year-old daughter in a hot bath, the girl wasn’t given medical treatment for over a week.

The victim, Quiniece Lockett, was blind, partially paralyzed and suffered from cerebral palsy.

Burned by the water on the 21st of April, 2007, she lay in her bed for nine days, without medical care.

The girl lay there, in agony, with burns on almost half of her body.

Police Chief Charles Kellar told the press:

If you’d see the photos and the condition that she was left in – just to lay in that bed with all those burns. I mean, it was horrible. Apparently the water had to be extremely, extremely hot. We’re looking into, right now, whether the water heater could have heated the water that hot or whether there was hot water added.

Brown and Lockett claim they took the girl to the hospital, but the hospital has no record of such an event – adding that the girl’s burns would have required an immediate admission into their burn center.

Lockett was arrested on the first day of his new job.

Police found some marijuana on him. Surprise surprise.

Rocio Leon

This 19-year-old delivered her baby at home.

She beat on the infant.

She strangled the infant.

After the child died, Ms. Leon placed the body in a plastic tupperware-style container.

This container and its contents were found by police during a house-wide search was conducted.

Ms. Leon’s visit to a local hospital apparently alerted the staff, who immediately recognized her recent childbirth and that the possibility existed that not all was as it should be.

Phillip Zagarella

This charming fellow entered his boss’ ex-wife’s house at night and killed the ex-wife’s 59-year-old mother while she was babysitting her grandchildren.

After Phillip slit the elderly woman’s throat, he left her in lying on the floor of the garage in a pool of blood, to be discovered at around half past midnight by her daughter.

Phillip Zagarella tried his very best to get the daughter to come into the house, but she ran off, calling police from a neighbor’s house to let them know that a crazy guy with a rifle was in her house with her children and that he’d killed her mother.

50-year-old Phillip Zagarella barricaded himself in the family’s house for about 14 hours while police attempted to negotiate his surrender.

While holing up inside the residence, Mr. Zagarella took the opportunity to sexually assault one of the children.

Police negotiated with Zagarella by telephone for hours and determined he was drunk. A robot was sent towards the residence to try to get inside (what good it would do, I don’t know), but Phillip Zagarella shot at it.

Tear gas was thrown into the house at just before three in the afternoon, followed by a full assault by police.

As they assaulted the house, Zagarella killed himself with his rifle.

Public records show that Phillip Zagarella pleaded guilty to third-degree assault in Nassau County in 1998 and served earlier prison sentences for burglary and assault committed upstate. Zagarella also had a prior conviction for attempted murder.