Ex-soccer standout gets 33 years for killing dad

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Posted: Nov 26, 2009 10:34 AM

A 23-year-old Oklahoma man has been sentenced to 33 years in prison after acknowledging he killed his father three years ago and hid his body in a freezer.

Former high school soccer star Andrew Jude Thompson pleaded guilty Wednesday in Oklahoma County District Court to first-degree manslaughter. Prosecutors had charged Thompson with first-degree murder and his trial was set to start Dec. 14.

In December 2006, authorities found the body of 48-year-old Emmanuel Thompson stuffed in a car trunk, not long after a witness had reported seeing a body in a freezer at the home Andrew Thompson and his father shared in The Village.

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Part of Andrew Thompson's guilty plea included an acknowledgment that he hit his father in the head with an ax "in the heat of passion, during a verbal argument."

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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com