Florida man turns in friend who allegedly waterboarded and beat woman after ‘he wanted the victim to shut up’


Dec. 7 2021, Published 3:21 p.m. ET

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A suspect is under arrest after a Florida mother, who “begged for her life” while she was getting waterboarded, beat and tortured, later died, police said.

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On Nov.10, the sister of Henry Lannon II told investigators she attempted chest compressions on 30-year-old Chelsea Nicole Thompson after she found her “unresponsive with her ankles bound with string” at Lannon’s Jacksonville home, an arrest warrant obtained by People states.

According to the warrant, Lannon, 37, told his sister to bring the victim to the firehouse and from there Thompson was rushed to an area hospital, where she died.

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Doctors found Thompson had suffered multiple injuries, including fractured vertebra, bruising, and brain and facial swelling.

The sister claimed to police Lannon and Thompson had been fighting throughout the day of the alleged incident.


On Nov. 16, according to the arrest warrant, a friend Lannon had been staying with called authorities and claimed Lannon had told him that “he killed a girl in Jacksonville” and “needed to burn some stuff" in the backyard.

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Lannon allegedly said that “he wanted the victim to shut up” so he “tortured her” and that “the girl begged for her life.”

The warrant states he also allegedly admitted to waterboarding, smothering and beating Thompson.

When law enforcement located Lannon at a hotel on Nov. 23, an arrest report states, he attempted to run from officers after dropping a bag that allegedly contained 110 grams of methamphetamine.

Lannon was booked into the Duval County Jail, and he is being held without bond. He was charged with felony aggravated battery and kidnapping. He also faces charges of meth trafficking and resisting police.

Thompson’s aunt, Elizabeth Colageo, told WJXT the murder victim was the mother of two daughters. “She was a great person,” Colageo said. “She would do anything for anyone.”


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