Sumter man sentenced for 2017 shooting, will serve 5 years for involuntary manslaughter

by | January 9, 2018 12:29 pm

Last Updated: January 9, 2018 at 1:10 pm

A Sumter man charged in 2017 in the shooting death of another Sumter man will serve up to five years in prison.
A jury found Thomas David Secor Jr. of 4940 Briar Branch Road of Sumter guilty of involuntary manslaughter Dec. 18, with 3rd Circuit Judge George McFaddin then providing his sentence. The jury found Secor not guilty of a separate charge of possession of a weapon during a violent crime. The information just became available on the Clarendon County Public Court Index.
Secor was initially charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime Jan. 6, 2017, after turning himself into authorities at the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. Witnesses had told deputies there that Secor shot Thoams Cockerill, 42, Jan. 5 following an argument in the area around Secor’s home.
Secor later fled the scene, but turned himself in the next day, accompanied by his attorney, Shaun Kent. According to court records, Secor was also represented by attorney Marvin E. McMillan Jr.

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  1. Comment by Vanessa

    January 9, 2018 at 16:59

    Doesn’t seem like 5 years in jail is enough considering he killed Thomas. You can’t come back from death and in 5 years Thomas will be free to do whatever he wants to do. Does not seem like justice was served in this case.

  2. Comment by MH

    January 9, 2018 at 17:15

    I agree with Vanessa. They ARGUED! Then he shot a man to death who (as I was told by a witness) was sitting down in a chair! 5 years is a slap on the wrist to a man who has a history of being violent. Im just saying…

  3. Comment by Hey

    January 9, 2018 at 20:14

    Crazy

  4. Comment by Becky

    January 10, 2018 at 02:01

    Thomas Secor is a good man.What happen was a terrible thing.I do believe that it was a accident it happens all the time this time a man lost his life and that’s something that Thomas Secor has to live with the rest of his life.

  5. Comment by Angela Cox

    January 10, 2018 at 02:05

    Just not right I can’t believe the jury did that they proved premeditated murder everyone was shocked his lawyers where shocked. They got his messages 3 hrs before saying he was going to take care of my brother and no one would ever have to deal with him again and that he would probably spend his life in prison,then few minutes after shooting my brother he sends the nasty girl who started all this a thumb up mojjie how could they there was so much evidence. I will never see my brother’s beautiful brown eyes see that smile how his eyes would crinkle shut or hear his laugh . I miss my little brother and my life will never be the same and he took my brother from us . He has to nswer to a higher judge and we will be at every parole hearing to keep him there for the whole sentence.

  6. Comment by Angela Cox

    January 10, 2018 at 02:09

    And if u where not there and if u where not in that court room to listen to him bragging and all the evidence then u need to keep your comments to yourself because I didn’t see no one in that court room for anyone to say accident because it was not.

  7. Comment by RF

    January 10, 2018 at 09:31

    He took the life of a great man. A son a Daddy a brother a uncle and just a all around great persons life for no reason at all now all his family can never see him again and all they have him was 5 years that’s no where near enough. That’s like a slap in the face of a family that lost their loved one. The court system needs to really get it together. Rip Thomas. To all the family my thoughts prayers and love remain with y’all everyday.

  8. Comment by Charlie Simpson

    January 11, 2018 at 00:00

    If U gotta tote a Gun to a Neighborhood gathering what’re U Live?! In the Hood? I feel sorry for for the Heritage of both Families! This Is hard on everyone.

  9. Comment by Joyce

    January 11, 2018 at 10:23

    if you aim a gun and pull the trigger that is not unvoluntary sorry. but god dont like ugly he will take care of it all

  10. Comment by Angela Cox

    January 11, 2018 at 19:39

    Thanks everyone for nice comments it’s very hard to deal with was like a slap in the face. And good has a plan I do believe.

  11. Comment by Becky

    January 22, 2018 at 19:05

    Well I would like to know why Thomas called asking all his family Eddie Angle Crystal everyone if he could come to eat and yall all told him no turned him away as if he wasn’t even yalls family Answer that question


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