Albany man pleads guilty in 2015 murder trial

Albany man pleads guilty in 2015 murder trial

DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - An Albany man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in a 2015 murder trial.

Quantavious Thomas was facing several charges after Frances Clay, 67, was killed by a stray bullet in 2015.

Jury selections were supposed to start on Monday for the murder trial, but instead, Thomas entered a guilty plea for voluntary manslaughter.

He was sentenced to 20 years behind bars.

Also known as "Meekstro", Thomas was charged on seven counts, including felony murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, aggravated assault and influencing a witness.

Court documents revealed Thomas shot at a group of men on Cedar Avenue on February 1, 2015.

Instead, he hit and killed Clay.

Officials said Clay was inside her home at the time and died after being hit by a bullet that went through a window.

She was not found by police until five days later, during a welfare check.

"The firearm that he was using was the evidence that was recovered and the further information was witnesses, including a person who was there that described all of the information that related to this particular situation," explained Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards.

Also indicted in the case were Syndra Lesha Jackson and Shannon Marquiz Jordan.

Jackson was charged with two counts of possession of a firearm by first offender probationer.

Jordan was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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