Libby Teen Acquitted in Campground Shooting Death

By Beacon Staff

LIBBY – A Lincoln County jury Wednesday found a Libby man not guilty in a shooting death at a Libby campground.

The jury deliberated for an hour and a half before finding 18-year-old Stephen Thomas not guilty of deliberate homicide and attempted deliberate homicide.

Thomas was convicted on one of six charges: The jury found him guilty of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.

Thomas and his girlfriend were arrested last July after 67-year-old Larry Kingsley was shot and killed at a camp site in the Kootenai National Forest.

Prosecutors had claimed Thomas shot Kingsley several times.

His girlfriend, 19-year-old Heather Henson of Kalispell, was convicted last December of attempted mitigated deliberate homicide. She was sentenced to five years in prison.

Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup.

Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.