Delaware prosecutors have announced that a plea agreement has been reached in a case stemming from an incident that occurred on July 6, 2020.
Officials said Timothy Thomas, a 34-year-old Wilmington man, has pleaded guilty to charges of Murder 2nd Degree and Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited in the New Castle County Superior Court.
The shooting, which took place at an auto repair facility on the 800 block of Wilmington’s East 13th Street, began with a verbal altercation that took a fatal turn. Thomas, during the course of the altercation, produced a firearm and shot Andre Hickson in the chest before fleeing the scene according to police. Hickson was transported to Christiana Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
The plea agreement addresses the charges related to Hickson’s murder and resolves multiple other cases pending against Timothy Thomas. These charges encompassed Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited from the year 2020, Strangulation from 2020, Assault 3rd Degree, Malicious Interference from 2021, and Theft of a Motor Vehicle from 2021. During sentencing, the State will recommend a 25-year prison term for Thomas.
Thomas, who was already incarcerated on unrelated charges when indicted for Hickson’s death was originally charged with Murder (First Degree) Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited.