Islip man convicted of murder
Left: Thomas Liming Right: The late Kyle Underhill

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Islip man convicted of murder


ISLIP—Exactly four years after a murder that shocked the Islip community and beyond, the horror of that event, which took place in November 2011, is put to rest with the conviction of Thomas Liming, of Islip, for the murder of his friend, Kyle Underhill.

Underhill’s parents reported him missing on Nov. 17, 2011. After an intensive police search, his body was found two days later in a swampy, heavily wooded and desolate area on Brook Street. 

An investigation into the murder ensued, which led to Liming’s arrest in late November 2013 after he surrendered to police.

Liming’s trial began in Riverhead on Sept. 28. This past Monday, the Suffolk County jury began deliberations, and they reached a verdict by the afternoon, finding the 23-year-old man guilty of murder in the second degree for beating his former high school friend to death and burying the 18-year-old alive. 

“The victim suffered a brutal death.  He was struck in the head at least 19 times, according to the medical examiner’s office.  He was choked, two sticks were rammed down his throat, and then he was left to die in the muck of a swamp while he was still alive,” District Attorney Tim Spota said.  

“We will ask that Mr. Liming be sentenced to the maximum term of imprisonment allowed by law—25 years to life in an upstate correctional facility,” Spota added.

State Supreme Court Justice Mark Cohen will sentence Liming on Dec. 14.