SLO man sentenced for stun gunning a homeless woman
January 31, 2013
A San Luis Obispo man received a prison sentence of 39-years to life for beating, biting, choking and shocking a 26-year-old homeless woman he believed to be a police informant. [Tribune]
Thomas Ledbetter, 49, thought the female victim snitched on a heroin dealer in Atascadero, court documents show. Ledbetter told others that he intended to kill the woman, whose name has not been released, but chose not to after hitting her, biting her on the cheek, choking her and shocking her six times with a stun gun.
On March 30, 2011, the woman went to Ledbetter’s South Street apartment to take a shower. Ledbetter saw two sheriff’s office business cards in the woman’s purse, and then began assaulting her. He asked a friend at the residence to strangle the woman, but the friend refused.
Witnesses later found the homeless woman walking through the San Luis Obispo neighborhood with cuts and bruising on her head, chest and arms.
Police arrested Ledbetter a week later when they found him walking through a cemetery on South Higuera Street with methamphetamine.
Ledbetter, nicknamed “Tennessee,” had prior convictions from Oklahoma and Tennessee that included robbery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and assault with intent to commit rape. Ledbetter will serve his 39-years to life sentence for a conviction of assault with a deadly weapon resulting in great bodily injury.