Attempted escape trial set for Salem woman convicted of murdering daughter

MARION COUNTY — The jury trial of a 24-year-old Salem woman on charges including attempted escape has been scheduled for next month in Marion County Court.

Christina Thomason (Source: IDOC)
Christina Thomason
(Source: IDOC)

Christina Thomason, who has already been convicted and sentenced for the 2015 murder of her infant daughter, appeared in court Tuesday in custody of the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Thomason is charged with felony attempted escape and felony criminal damage to government property in connection with an alleged incident while she was an inmate at the Marion County Jail.

The results of this case will have bearing on her current sentence for the first-degree murder of her 3-month-old daughter Aribella.

For baby Aribella’s murder, Thomason was sentenced to 45-years each on two counts first-degree murder to be served concurrently. She will have to serve 100-percent of that sentence, meaning she would be 69-years-old when released from prison.

However, a conviction on the attempted escape charge would require the 45-year sentences in the murder case to be served consecutively, meaning Thomason would have to serve at least 90-years in prison.

Meanwhile, Thomason remains in custody of the Logan Correctional Center where she is serving what is now a 45-year prison sentence for first-degree murder. She must serve 100 percent of that sentence.

She’s scheduled for a September 8 final pre-trial hearing and a September 19 jury trial in the escape case.