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Guilty Plea Reached in Florence Teenager’s Murder

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Tyrus Montrell Thompson

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The third murder suspect in the shooting death of Florence teenager in 2011 has pleaded guilty.

The plea comes two months after the first two suspects entered guilty pleas, and getting life in prison.

Prosecutors tell WHNT News 19 that Tyrus Montrell Thompson, 21, this week pleaded guilty to felony murder and two counts of robbery.

According to Florence Police, Thompson and two other men, Devante Barnett and LaMarcus LeShore were all involved in the robbery and shooting death of 17-year-old Joshua Dillon Honey.

Investigators say the three went to Honey’s east Florence home on July 8th with the intent to rob him.

The three men have pleaded guilty to robbing two people outside the home, and then knocked on the front door, shooting Honey when he answered it.

“The Honey family is ready to get that behind them,” said Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly. “To not endure the trauma of a trial, because the trial after a couple of years reopens all the old wounds from the incident.”

Connolly added the two robbery victims from outside the home are also pleased to get this incident behind them.

Tyrus Thompson received a life sentence for the murder of Dillon Honey.

He also faces two 20-year sentences for the robbery charges, which those were ordered to run concurrently.