Loading…
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Current Weather
Loading Current Weather....
HomeNewsCourts
Published: Monday, 6/20/2011 - Updated: 3 years ago

Swanton man who dismembered wife released from prison

BLADE STAFF
A deputy sheriff cuffs Thomas Craft after he pleaded in Fulton County Courthouse in Wauseon in September, 1999, on one count but will go to court on other counts concerning murdering his wife and cutting her up. A deputy sheriff cuffs Thomas Craft after he pleaded in Fulton County Courthouse in Wauseon in September, 1999, on one count but will go to court on other counts concerning murdering his wife and cutting her up.
THE BLADE Enlarge | Buy This Photo

A Swanton man who was convicted of murdering and dismembering his wife in 1999 was released from prison Monday, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction spokesman JoEllen Smith said.

Thomas Craft, 48, will remain in Ohio at a halfway house in Allen County.

Craft killed his wife, Lynnette Craft, 37, inside their Swanton home and then discarded her body parts across Michigan. With a plea deal reached with the Mrs. Craft’s family, Craft was sentenced to 12 years at the North Central Correctional Institute in Marion — 10 years for murder and one each for abuse of a corpse and possession of criminal tools.

Mrs. Craft’s younger brother, Bob Quast, and her two children, Chris and Brian Craft, began a grass-roots effort to keep Craft from leaving Ohio upon his release from prison. Craft, according to Mr. Quast, had planned to move to Wisconsin, where his sons live.



Guidelines: Please keep your comments smart and civil. Don't attack other readers personally, and keep your language decent. If a comment violates these standards or our privacy statement or visitor's agreement, click the "X" in the upper right corner of the comment box to report abuse. To post comments, you must be a Facebook member. To find out more, please visit the FAQ.