Judge to decide if man who killed car thief will serve prison time

Judge to decide if man who killed car thief will serve prison time

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A judge will decide next month if a man will have to serve prison time for shooting and killing a car thief earlier this year.

Quincy Hunter pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge of voluntary manslaughter.

He had been arrested on a charge of second degree murder following the shooting at a Hickory Hill gas station in March.

Hunter told police he was inside a gas station when he saw someone get into his car and drive off.

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According to court documents, Hunter told detectives he panicked and started shooting at the fleeing vehicle.

The driver died after crashing into a pole at Hickory Hill and Knight Arnold and had been shot several times, according to officers.

Hunter got a ride from someone else and left the area, but later turned himself into police.

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Under the plea, Hunter now faces an eight year sentence in the case.

The judge will decide October 21 if the time will be served in prison, on probation, or a combination of the two, according to defense attorney Leslie Ballin.

A charge of voluntary manslaughter involves intentionally or knowingly killing someone “in a state of passion produced by adequate provocation sufficient to lead a reasonable person to act in an irrational manner,” according to the Shelby County District Attorney.

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