SHERWOOD, Ark. (KTHV) – A 16-year-old has been sentenced to two decades in prison for the shooting death of a Sylvan Hills student last year.
Quincy Parks, who was 15 when the crime was committed, was sentenced to 20 years on Tuesday.
Parks pleaded guilty to first degree murder and aggravated robbery in the April 2016 shooting death of 17-year-old Bryan Thompson.
Sherwood police found Thompson shot inside a car in the parking lot of the Bill Harmon Recreation Center on Shelby Road on April 21, 2016.
Parks was originally charged with capital murder in Thompson’s death but the charges were downgraded as part of a plea deal.
According to Associated Press reports, Deputy Prosecutor Ashley Clancy said Parks demanded Thompson's money and then shot him in the throat.
In a letter to the court in February, Parks said he didn’t “know what went on.”
“All I remember was that I had smoked a lot of weed that day and the drug had took over my body and its like I was peer pressure to do things from my co-defendant and he said that if I don’t do it he going to get both of us,” he said in the letter.
17-year-old Xavier Porter is also facing capital murder and aggravated robbery in connection to Thompson’s death.
Porter, who is now 18, has a final pre-trial hearing May 30. According to court records, his jury trial is scheduled to start in July.
The other teenager, now 15, who was arrested in this case was transferred to juvenile court last fall after pleading guilty to robbery charges and agreeing to testify against Parks and Porter.
This article was written with the help of the Associated Press.