Wednesday, May 22 2013 9:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 01:20:39 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The Memphis Police Department issued a city watch for a 12-year-old boy Wednesday night. Robert McBride II was last seen leaving his residence on foot on Jamaica Avenue. He has a mohawk, andMore >>
The Memphis Police Department issued a city watch for a 12-year-old boy Wednesday night.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:10 PM EDT2013-05-23 00:10:21 GMT
(WMC-TV)- Emergency crews have identified most of the 24 people who died, including 10 children, in the tornado Monday. An emergency management official said that six adults are still missing Wednesday. AboutMore >>
In Oklahoma, officials are now estimating the damage done by Monday's tornado to be around $2 billion.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:05 PM EDT2013-05-23 00:05:52 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The U.S Attorney's office of the Eastern District of Arkansas sentenced a former West Memphis councilman and a West Memphis police officer for a conspiracy to commit election fraud. Former WestMore >>
The U.S Attorney's office of the Eastern District of Arkansas sentenced a former West Memphis councilman and a West Memphis police officer for a conspiracy to commit election fraud.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 7:27 PM EDT2013-05-22 23:27:59 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Memphis' Sarah Simmons advanced to the top eight of "The Voice" Tuesday, but other Memphian Kris Thomas is on his way home after being eliminated. Making it to the top 10 was Kris' goal. OneMore >>
Memphis' Sarah Simmons advanced to the top eight of "The Voice" Tuesday, but other Memphian Kris Thomas is on his way home after being eliminated.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 7:02 PM EDT2013-05-22 23:02:30 GMT
(WMC-TV) - As the clean up efforts continue in Oklahoma, many of you are looking for ways to help the victims. With their hands full, people from all over Mississippi showed up at the Landers Center inMore >>
As the clean up efforts continue in Oklahoma, many of you are looking for ways to help the victims.More >>
MEMPHIS, TN -
(WMC-TV) - A Memphis woman who was once attacked in her home feels victimized again by her attacker's early release from prison.
In 1998, Kimberlee Morton was left clinging to life after she was brutally raped, stabbed and burned with bleach by a man she thought was her friend.
"I mean, he was a great guy, or so I thought up until the day he tried to kill me," he said.
Morton's attacker, Carlos Thomas, has been behind bars since that dreadful day. But according to the Tennessee Department of Corrections, he will walk out of prison after serving only 85 percent of his sentence.
Thomas shared an apartment with his girlfriend, right above Morton. She considered him a close friend until November 19, 1998, when she let him into her apartment to use the phone.
"He just grabbed me and dragged me to my bed - threw me on the bed and savagely raped me," she said.
Morton said Thomas strangled her until she passed out.
"When I woke up he had already stabbed me repeatedly," she said. "He had already poured the bleach on me. He had left a knife in my side he had wrapped telephone cords around my neck. He had already poured bleach all over my body."
Instead of going into hiding, Morton went public, sharing her story of survival with Maury Povich and Montel Williams.
"I'd rather wear these scars versus sleeping in my grave," she said.
Almost two and a half years after his arrest, Thomas entered a guilty plea and waived his right to a jury trial.
"He pled guilty the day before the trial," Morton said.
Thomas was given time served on the attempted murder charge, and sentenced to 15 years for aggravated rape. His judgment sheet indicates he would have to serve ALL 15 years.
But fast-forward to 2011, when Morton learned the Department of Justice allows offenders to earn time reduction credits for completing programs and participating in activities. Thomas earned enough reduction credits to shave two years and three months off of his sentence.
"I'm thinking he has to do all his time, that's what my judgment sheet says. ‘Aggravated rape, 100 percent,' and now I find out he's getting out," Morton said.
Morton pleased with the parole board for truth in her attacker's sentencing. Prosecutors amended Thomas' release order to include placing him under supervision for life - a law that was not on the books when he was convicted. As part of standard procedure he will be placed on the sex offender registry, but his freedom will come early.
"That's why I'm going to fight to get that changed," Morton said.
Morton's fight, which began with an unthinkable crime, has grown into a battle for victims of violence everywhere.
Just because something horrible has happened to you, that doesn't mean you can't go on it doesn't mean you can't be free," she said. "You have to forgive and I have forgiven him. But just because I forgive him doesn't mean he shouldn't do all his time."
You can read the Department of Corrections' statement on Thomas' early release, and the reasons behind it, by clicking here and here.
Carlos Thomas declined our request for an interview.
Wednesday, May 22 2013 10:32 AM EDT2013-05-22 14:32:03 GMT
(WMC-TV) - It is a tiny pest with a big bite that can do major damage. One Germantown family said it only took one infected tick to change their entire lifestyle – something they have been dealing withMore >>
It is a tiny pest with a big bite that can do major damage.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:46 PM EDT2013-05-22 20:46:13 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The man accused of killing a police officer walked out of jail a free man Wednesday afternoon. Action News 5's Nick Kenney was there as Timothy McKinney was released. McKinney was accused ofMore >>
The man who pleaded guilty to killing a police officer walked out of jail a free man Wednesday afternoon.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 2:33 PM EDT2013-05-22 18:33:03 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The City of Memphis is saying "goodbye and good riddance" to blight. A derelict apartment complex, formerly called Park Place Apartments, sat vacant for four years breeding crime. It is nowMore >>
A derelict apartment complex, formerly called Park Place Apartments, sat vacant for four years breeding crime. It is now being demolished.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:48 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:48:12 GMT
(WMC-TV) - More jobs are coming to Memphis and city leaders are rolling out the red carpet to celebrate. Kruger Products is a leading nationwide towel and tissue manufacturer. The company announced theyMore >>
A Canadian company announced that are adding hundreds of jobs to its North Memphis office. Kruger Products rolled out the red carpet Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the expansion.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 12:48 PM EDT2013-05-22 16:48:44 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A Mid-South mom is convinced that one of her children was murdered. Frances Chambers has spent the past four years and a lot of money investigating the death of her son Demond. Police in herMore >>
A Mid-South mom is convinced that one of her children was murdered, despite the medical examiner's report. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:10 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:10:09 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Wednesday is the very last day of school for students and also the last day of the Memphis City Schools system. Action News 5's Justin Hanson is speaking to longtime MCS teachers and volunteersMore >>
Wednesday is the very last day of school for students and also the last day of the Memphis City Schools system.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:22 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:22:48 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The Memphis Police Department fired two of its officers Wednesday. Marc Henderson, 32, and Parker Culver, 29, were terminated for personal conduct and violate regulation. In February, thereMore >>
Marc Henderson, 32, and Parker Culver, 29, were terminated for personal conduct and aid to violate regulation.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:21 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:21:12 GMT
(RNN) - British officials are saying one man is dead and two others were injured in a possible terrorist attack in London on Wednesday.According to BBC News, eyewitnesses said man was attacked in a streetMore >>
One man is dead after two men attacked him in broad daylight with knives and meat cleavers. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 12:49 AM EDT2013-05-22 04:49:28 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A flood frustrated resident in a Southaven neighborhood called her backyard an ocean after severe weather Tuesday. Inside Louise Rinhart's home is not much better. "Carpet and I got hardwoodMore >>
A flood frustrated resident in a Southaven neighborhood called her backyard an ocean after severe weather Tuesday.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 9:13 AM EDT2013-05-22 13:13:44 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Firefighters escorted several families from their flooded homes in Horn Lake after a rain-swollen creek rose beyond its banks Tuesday. The firefighters offered piggyback rides to children toMore >>
Firefighters escorted several families from their flooded homes in Horn Lake after a rain-swollen creek rose beyond its banks Tuesday.More >>