Justice is Finally Being Served



Two arrests have been made in the murder of Philant Johnson, a childhood friend and personal
assistant of rapper T.I.


Brothers Hosea Thomas, 34, and Padron Thomas, 40, were charged with murder and
felonious assault for the death of Johnson, 26, and injuring three others. Johnson was murdered on May 3, 2006 in a shooting just hours after a performance by T.I. and Yung Joc at Bogart's nightclub. After the show, T.I. and his entourage headed to the Ritz nightclub for an after party, where an altercation with the shooters forced the rapper and his crew to leave.Witnesses said four men followed T.I.'s two vans, then pulled up next to the vehicles and fired, killing Johnson and injuring three others."T.I. and his group were in the VIP area," said Detective Tim Gormly said. "The suspects wanted to get in the VIP area and
weren't allowed to."


Hosea Thomas has a criminal history including drug possession and trafficking convictions. Padron Thomas is a listed sex offender and has been convicted of robbery and rape. He is currently being held in custody of the U.S. Marshals Service for an
unrelated drug case.Each brother was charged with murder and seven counts of felonious assault.


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