SPRINGFIELD — Marcus Thomas on Tuesday pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the 2014 death of his friend, Tavis Humphrey-Frazer.
Thomas, 21, did not fire the shot that killed Humphrey-Frazer, 20, as the two were in a car together on Sept. 21, 2014, in Springfield. Thomas fired into a group of people and someone — never identified — from that group shot back.
Defense lawyer Paul Rudof said Thomas is taking full responsibility for his actions. He said Thomas was born in Detroit, with his family moving to Springfield when he was 3 years old. His father was soon convicted of a serious crime and went to prison, and was in and out of prison, Rudof said. Because Thomas’ mother had struggles, he ended up in foster care at age 3 for three years and then was placed back with his mother. At the time of the shooting, Thomas was 18 years old, homeless and unemployed, Rudof said.