Topeka Man Ends Trial With Guilty Plea

By: AP, Posted by Chris Fisher
By: AP, Posted by Chris Fisher

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A Topeka man ended his murder trial by pleading to a lesser charge in the shooting death of a neighbor.

LaVance W. Thompson, 31, pleaded guilty Wednesday to voluntary manslaughter in the death of 36-year-old James Sanders. The plea came on the third day of Thompson's trial on a first-degree murder charge.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports prosecution and defense attorneys agreed to recommend a sentence of eight years and six months.

Sanders died after being shot on Christmas Day 2011 at a Topeka apartment.

Thompson was captured Dec. 27 in Independence, Mo.

Prosecutors say the shooting came after Thompson and Sanders argued about noise and Sanders called police to complain.

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