Solicitor: Upstate man hunted down, killed after talking to police about armed robbery

Montavious Parks (Source: Solicitor)

The Solicitor's Office said an Upstate man who was trying to do the right thing was killed by an acquaintance.

Montavious O'Neal Parks, 33, pleaded guilty on Monday to voluntary manslaughter in connection with a deadly 2012 shooting.

In November 2012, Parks and another suspect went to a home on Moss Creek Lake and fired two shots into a window of the residence, hitting 21-year-old Tavaris Kiwan Lester in the back.

Lester died a week later at the hospital.

The solicitor said Lester and Parks were involved in an armed robbery together and after Lester cooperated with police, Parks and another man started looking for him.

Parks was taken into custody in Georgia shortly after the deadly shooting on an unrelated assault charge. He was released to authorities in Greenwood in January 2018.

He was sentenced to 26 years in prison for voluntary manslaughter.

The other suspect, Blake Parrish, died in 2016.

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