MOULTRIE, Ga. — A Moultrie man charged in a March 2015 fatal shooting decided not to take his chances with a jury and pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge.
Kalvin Tyrone Suggs, 27, entered the guilty plea in Colquitt County Superior Court on Monday morning, the same day his trial was scheduled to begin. Superior Court Judge Richard M. Cowart accepted the guilty plea and set sentencing for Oct. 3 at the Colquitt County Justice Center courtroom.
Cowart also allowed Suggs’ release, on the condition that he wear a device on his ankle that monitors his location, until his sentencing. He had not been released as of Monday afternoon.
Suggs pleaded guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter in shooting death of Tony Harrison. As part of the plea arrangement prosecutors dismissed charges of felony murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
Prosecutors also will dismiss unrelated charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony stemming from an April 2014 case that was pending prior to Suggs’ arrest on murder charges.
Harrison, 22, was shot in the Sunset Plaza parking lot outside a nightclub at about 1:30 a.m. on March 1, 2015. At least three men reportedly exchanged gunfire. Several cars were struck by bullets but no bystanders were injured during the shootout.
At the time of the arrest the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which was the lead police agency in the slaying probe, said that Suggs and Harrison had been involved in an altercation that led to the shooting.
When sentenced in October, Suggs faces charges of up to 10 years on the involuntary manslaughter charge.
Suggs previously served two and a half years of a three-year sentence handed down in April 2010 on a conviction for possession of marijuana with intent, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections. He was released in February 2013.
At the time he also was sentenced on charges of possession of cocaine and theft by receiving stolen property in a separate case.