A judge sentenced a Hawthorne man, who was convicted of voluntary manslaughter, to three decades in prison.
Court of Common Pleas Judge Rose DeFino-Nastasi sentenced James Thompson, 29, of the 1200 block of Bainbridge Street, Nov. 16 to 17 to 34 years at Graterford for voluntary manslaughter, aggravated assault and carrying a firearm without a license plus five years on probation for terroristic threats relating to a incident that occurred outside of an Old City bar last year.
Thompson’s manslaughter charge indicated the individual he killed provoked him, according to court records.
Thompson encountered Scoey Potter, 33, of Edgewater Park, N.J., and his then-29-year-old brother inside Old City’s Bleu Martini at 1 a.m. Feb. 20, 2011, according to police. Both parties were kicked out of the bar, but the altercation didn’t end until Thompson fired shots, striking Potter once in the chest and his brother three times in the abdomen. Potter died from complications from his wound eight days later at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
Potter’s brother was paralyzed from his injuries, according to published reports.
Thompson had previous arrests for narcotic and weapon offenses, and multiple probation violations, according to court records.
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