Fayette County

Plea accepted in 2007 shooting death

A Lexington man pleaded guilty on Friday to first-degree manslaughter in the 2007 shooting death of Tamond Thompson.

Chance Dermontti Lewis, 20, faces a recommended sentence of 15 years in prison. He was indicted on charges of murder and tampering with physical evidence. The tampering charge was dismissed as part of a plea agreement that was accepted by Fayette Circuit Judge Thomas Clark.

Thompson, 19, was shot on July 1, 2007, on East Third Street near Race Street. He was found on a sidewalk with a gunshot wound to his upper torso. He was taken to University of Kentucky Hospital, where he later died.

Lewis, who was 17 at the time, turned himself in to Lexington police the day after the shooting. Witnesses told police that Thompson and the shooter had been arguing before Thompson was shot.

Lewis had been scheduled to be tried as an adult on Jan. 25.

He appeared in court Friday with his attorney, Jerry Wright.

Clark scheduled sentencing for Jan. 22.