Guilty of Manslaughter

Terrence Demitrius Thomas, 34, of Clewiston, was found guilty of Manslaughter. The jury returned the verdict this afternoon following a five-day trial in Hendry County.

Thomas was arrested in 2019 for the murder of a 30-year-old local man following an investigation by the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office. The victim was last seen getting into the defendant’s car. His family reported him missing on June 4, 2019, and his body was found two-days later, in a canal, near the Hendry County line.

The autopsy results show the defendant died of homicidal violence. Members of the community testified as to the defendant’s involvement.

Assistant State Attorney Brenda Wade and Assistant State Attorney Leena Marcos prosecuted the case. Sentencing is scheduled for March 1, 2023.

Samantha Syoen – Communications Director, State Attorney’s Office