J.W. Thomas, 82, emerged from his sickroom with a 12-ga.
shotgun after he heard screaming inside his Shelby, Miss., home. He
found a prison escapee beating 75-year-old Frank Woods with a
hammer. When the criminal turned to attack him, Thomas responded
with a blast that killed the prisoner, who was serving 40 years for
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