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Recent Update on the Florida Case: A Man Stabbed a Sleeping Woman he Barely Knew

Storm Royal Thayer
Storm Royal Thayer sentenced to life imprisonment (Walton County Sheriff's Office)

Storm Royal Thayer, a 26-year-old from Florida, was sentenced to life imprisonment for stabbing a woman more than 150 times this week. Prosecutors from Walton County Sheriff’s Office said that the woman was killed in the summer of 2021 while sleeping in Thayer’s living room.


According to prosecutors, 31-year-old Alisha Gomez moved to Florida during the pandemic to look for stable jobs in the service industry. Gomez met Thayer’s father, Robert Thayer, upon moving to the Sunshine State. She eventually moved into the Thayer’s property, where she stayed in the mother-in-law’s suite while Storm Thayer lived in the main house. Tiffani Nielsen, sister of Gomez, said in her victim statement that Thayer’s father was dating Gomez.


Storm Royal Thayer (Walton County Sheriff's Office)

Storm Royal Thayer sentenced to life imprisonment (Walton County Sheriff’s Office)



The crime occurred on July 12, 2021, when Gomez slept on the couch in the main house as her air conditioner broke. Prosecutors wrote in a memo that Thayer viciously attacked Gomez and stabbed her more than 150 times while she begged and pleaded for her life.


Meanwhile, the sentencing memo states that after killing Gomez, Thayer covered up the crime by unplugging the household surveillance system, washing the clothes he was wearing in the washing machine, and discarding the sharp-bladed weapon he possibly used from the house. Afterward, he drove to the Gulf of Mexico and Choctawatchee Bay before returning to the main house, as written in the Law & Crimes website.


According to a report from True Crimes Daily, Walton County Sheriff’s deputies responded by the next day and found the victim with multiple stab wounds. Thayer was soon taken into custody.


The Sheriff’s Office said Thayer was indicted for first-degree premeditated murder on February 2022. He later pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in December 2022. Recently this week, the court ordered him to serve life imprisonment.


Prosecutors said that at the time of the incident, Thayer was recently released from prison due to child abuse charges in 2019. He also had five felony convictions, including burglary, grand theft, and aggravated battery, as written on the sentencing memo.