30 Jul 2018

NZer threatens to 'kill someone every day' in US prison

From Morning Report, 8:26 am on 30 July 2018

The family of New Zealander Clinton Thinn, who has been convicted of first degree murder in the US, says they will make sure he has a small home of his own to return to after serving his 25-year sentence.

Thinn, the step-brother of National MP Nikki Kaye, strangled his cellmate with a t-shirt in late 2016 following his arrest for an attempted bank robbery.

The 30-year-old was convicted of first degree murder and has been sentenced to 25 years in prison in the US and ordered to pay his victim's funeral costs.

Reporter Neal Putnam, in San Diego, told Morning Report that Thinn faced a longer sentence if convicted of attempted bank robbery, which he is currently awaiting trial for.