After one-and-a-half hours of deliberation a Wichita County jury recommended that Blayne Brooks spend 60 years in prison for the murder of Domanic Thrasher. 

Earlier activity in the case today:
This morning family members of convicted murderer Blayne Brooks made emotional pleas to the jury not to send him to prison for the rest or most of his life and that he can continue to be a good father to his young son and become a productive member of society.

After a short deliberation yesterday, a jury found Blayne guilty of the murder of Domanic Thrasher last year.

Now that jury will determine how long he will be in prison. They deliberated this morning and the recessed for lunch. Two other defendants also charged with the murder, await their time in court.

Brooks faces 15 to 99 years or life in prison. Witnesses for the defense today included Brooks parents, grandmother, aunt and his ex girlfriend and mother of his child. They all described Brooks as a loving father who spent time with his son and was taught right and wrong by his parents and went to church regularly.

Family members said they were unaware of Brooks’ other life as a drug transporter and dealer and that co-defendant Justin Love  had total control over Brooks.
The state called Domanic Thrasher’s mother to the stand. She said he had gotten into drug dealing after high school but was going to Vernon College and hoped to become a coach at MSU.

“A very big hole, and really I cant even describe the feeling. Just knowing there will be no more Dominic at our gathering at our special days together. He was the life of the party,” Thrasher’s mother.