Personal Trainer Sentenced to Prison in Montgomery


By CBS 8 News

A judge in Montgomery sentenced a personal trainer to 75 years in prison for killing a woman after a sexual encounter.

The Montgomery Advertiser reported Thursday that a judge rejected relatives' pleas of a shorter prison sentence for 53-year-old Gordon Fowler.

Fowler was convicted of murder last month in the slaying of 41-year-old Lori Skinner Thomas. Fowler admitted using a knife to slit Thomas' throat during an argument last February.

Fowler told police that Thomas started taunting and hitting him after a sexual encounter in which he failed to perform satisfactorily.

The defense had asked jurors to convict Thomas only of manslaughter, not murder.

A prosecutor says she is satisfied with the sentence imposed by Montgomery County Circuit Judge Johnny Hardwick.

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