SANTA ROSA, California — The college student son of a death row inmate executed in 2013 in Texas, was sent to prison for 22 years for shooting a prostitute in a robbery and leaving her paralyzed from the neck down.
Ronnie Paul Threadgill, 24, a student at Santa Rosa Junior College in Northern California, admitted setting up the rendezvous online with 24-year-old Kenisha Jackson in July 2015 and trying to rob her.
After meeting her at a Motel 6 , about 50 miles north of San Francisco in Rohnert Park, prosecutors say Threadgill shot Jackson twice, in the leg and in the back of her neck, leaving her paralyzed. He then pistol-whipped her pimp as he fled the motel room.
“This is a just outcome to a senseless shooting with tragic consequences,” said Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch. “He shot an unarmed female who posed no threat to him, nearly killing her. As a result of his actions he will be spending a substantial part of his life in state prison.”
Authorities were led to Threadgill about a week later through a pair of prescription designer Bulgari glasses he left at the scene. A bloody pair of boots found at his apartment also connected him to the crime.
A pal, Koa James Sibley, was charged as an accessory to the crime for allegedly driving Threadgill to and from the motel.
Threadgill pleaded no contest to second-degree murder and first-degree attempted robbery charges and will be sent to prison for 22 years when he is sentenced on Dec. 20.
Threadgill’s father, also named Ronnie Paul Threadgill, was executed by lethal injection at the age of 40 in Texas in 2013 for fatally shooting of a teenager during a carjacking outside a nightclub in 2001.
Threadgill was put to death after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-minute appeal arguing that he had had deficient legal counsel at trial.