Jury finds Thomas guily of voluntary manslaughter

By Amy Khuu
By Kelly McCarthy
By Dave Greber

Jury finds Thomas guily of voluntary manslaughter

January 16, 2014 Updated Jan 16, 2014 at 10:56 PM EDT

Montrose, PA (WBNG Binghamton) The man on trial for killing two others in Susquehanna County is found guilty of lesser charges.

Lloyd Thomas, 47, of Hallstead, is found guilty of two counts of voluntary manslaughter, possession of controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernillia.

He initially faced two counts of criminal homicide.

Thomas took the stand Thursday and told the jury he fired the shots that killed Gilberto Alvarez and Joshua Rogers in February 2012 because he was scared.

Thomas testified he was in his father's home in Great Bend the day of the shooting when he heard the dog barking and saw two men in the backyard.

Thomas said he went to the back deck and saw Rogers coming from underneath it. He said Rogers had a shotgun, and so Thomas fired two quick rounds from his own gun.

Thomas then said he saw Alvarez leaving his garage and thought he was armed as well.

So he fired a third shot.

Thomas was the defense's only witness today.

Thomas is set to be sentenced Feb. 27. He was remanded to the Susquehanna County Jail, after being out on bail since June 2012.

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