Florence man pleads guilty to manslaughter in 2020 for his girlfriend

FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A 52-year-old Florence man pleaded guilty to manslaughter last week, court documents show.

Gary Duane White was charged with murder in 2020 in connection with the death of Kwame Thomas, 38.

According to reports, Thomas and White’s girlfriend were together at an apartment in the Southern Oaks apartment complex on July 16. It was alleged that Thomas made a sexual advance to the girlfriend.

White’s response was to kill Thomas, according to court records.

Police at the time said they received a call around 10 p.m. When officers arrived at the apartment, reports say they found Thomas unresponsive with his throat slit. A medical examiner later said the wound started on the left side of his neck and went around the trachea, severing the jugular.

Thomas was taken to North Alabama Medical Center where he later died.

White was developed as a suspect in the investigation. He was arrested at a traffic stop the following day in eastern Florence without incident.

An earlier hearing in the case had been delayed as authorities discovered the girlfriend, a key witness in the case, had died.

In the plea deal, White was ordered to serve a 20-year split sentence that will include five of those in prison.


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