Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 | 4:13 p.m.
A Las Vegas man was sentenced Wednesday to nearly 20 years in federal prison after he confessed to killing a woman in a Christmas Day 2002 drug deal.
Senior U.S. District Judge Philip M. Pro sentenced Corey Thompson, 43, to 19 1/2 years in federal prison and five years of supervised release. The office of Nevada U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden announced the sentence in a news release.
Early Dec. 25, 2002, Thompson was meeting with Arlene McMillian to give her crack cocaine to sell for him, Bogden said in the release. During the exchange at McMillian’s room at the Moulin Rouge Apartments in downtown Las Vegas, the two began to argue. The disagreement escalated, and Thompson drew a .25 caliber handgun and shot McMillian in the head, killing her.
Thompson pled guilty this July to charges of carrying a firearm during a drug-trafficking crime that resulted in a death, Bogden said.
The FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force investigated the case.