SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – An Upstate man was sentenced to 25 years in prison for his role in a deadly 2019 drive-by shooting in Spartanburg County.
26-year-old Tyler Bright pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, two counts of attempted murder, and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, according to the 7th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.
The shooting happened on January 28, 2019 at a home on Thomas Road.
Bright, along with three others, were in a passing car when gunfire started, the solicitor’s office said.
34-year-old Marcus Pierre Kirk was inside the house when he was shot and killed.
The solicitor’s office said a dispute over drugs led to the shooting.
Four people were charged in connection with the drive-by shooting.
Investigators said they determined that two different guns in the vehicle fired shots and that 27-year-old Matthew Blackwell fired the fatal shot, according to the solicitor’s office.
Blackwell pleaded guilty in August 2021 and was sentenced to 38 years in prison. 32-year-old Bobby Hank Wright pleaded guilty in February and was also sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Bright will have to serve at least 85 percent of his 25-year sentence before he is eligible for release.
Charges are still pending against Austin Tyler Bailey in connection with the shooting.