Teen pleads guilty in death of Godwin Heights student

Marquis Kilgore's Aug. 3, 2014 booking photo from the Kent County jail.

WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) – A 17-year-old has pleaded guilty in the death of a Godwin Heights High School student on the day he was scheduled to go to trial.

Marquis Kilgore entered the guilty plea Monday in Kent County Circuit Court on charges of involuntary manslaughter and felony firearm in the death of Ta’Carhri Richardson, 17.

Ta'Carhri Richardson. (Undated courtesy photo)
Ta’Carhri Richardson. (Undated courtesy photo)

Sentencing recommendations were not specified at the time of Kilgore’s plea. He is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 17.

Richardson was shot in the early morning hours of Aug. 3, 2014. According to court documents, Kilgore told investigators the shooting was an accident.

In a sworn statement, an investigator stated that Kilgore said he was handling a gun in the back seat of a car while Richardson was driving and the gun went off. The bullet tore through the seat and into Richardson’s back.

Richardson was later dropped off at Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming where he died several hours later.

At a vigil following Richardson’s death, classmates told 24 Hour News 8 that Richardson was a good guy who loved playing basketball for Godwin Heights’ team.



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