Thomas Loden was sentenced to death by the State of Mississippi for the sexual assault and murder of a teenage girl. According to court documents Thomas Loden kidnapped sixteen year old Leesa Marie Gray who was repeatedly sexually assaulted before being murdered by strangulation. Thomas Loden was arrested, convicted and sentenced to death.
Thomas Loden 2021 Information
|Race: WHITE||Sex: MALE||Date of Birth: 08/16/1964|
|Height: 6′ 6”||Weight: 190||Complexion: MEDIUM|
|Build: MEDIUM||Eye Color: HAZEL||Hair Color: GREY OR|
|Entry Date: 09/21/2001||Location: MSP||UNIT: UNIT 29|
|Location Change Date: 10/08/2019||Number of Sentences: 3||Total Length: DEATH|
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Late in the evening on June 22, 2000, Thomas E. Loden, Jr. (“Loden”) kidnapped sixteen-year-old Leesa Marie Gray (“Leesa”). Over the next four hours, Loden repeatedly raped and sexually battered Leesa, videotaping portions of the sadistic acts, before murdering her by way of suffocation and manual strangulation. Following his arrest, Loden was indicted for capital murder, rape, and four counts of sexual battery. On September 21, 2001, Loden waived his right to a jury for trial and sentencing, and pleaded guilty to all six counts in the indictment. The Circuit Court of Itawamba County, Mississippi, accepted those pleas and adjudged Loden guilty on each count. At the sentencing hearing, Loden elected to waive cross-examination of all of the State’s witnesses, to waive objection to all exhibits presented by the State, and not to offer any mitigation evidence on his own behalf. During the proceeding, Loden addressed the court and apologized to the friends and family of Leesa, by stating “I hope you may have some sense of justice when you leave here today.” The circuit court found all four factors required by Mississippi Code Annotated Section 99-19-101(7) (Rev.2007) were satisfied, that sufficient aggravating circumstances existed, and “that the mitigating circumstances do not outweigh the aggravating circumstances and that the death penalty should be imposed.