A young man charged with second-degree murder pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter Monday and will serve 12 years in prison, including time served since his December 2016 arrest.

The victim, Keith Chambers, died in December 2016 from a gunshot wound, according to previous Missourian reporting. He was 33.

Navarro A. Scott, who is now 18, was scheduled to go to trial Tuesday, but he pleaded guilty the day before to a count of involuntary manslaughter and a count of armed criminal action or carrying out a felony with a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument.

Brian H. Smith and Dariel M. Reid were arrested along with Scott in December 2016.

Smith told police that he and Scott accompanied Chambers to buy marijuana from Reid.

Smith and Chambers disputed the amount of marijuana in the transaction, so Reid invited the group into his residence.

Inside, Chambers revealed a gun and attempted to rob Reid.

Smith grabbed the marijuana, and Chambers shot Reid in the arm. Scott then shot Chambers, who died later in the afternoon at University Hospital.

Scott was charged with second-degree murder and possession of a controlled substance in March 2017, according to previous Missourian reporting.

That same day, it was determined that Scott would stand trial as an adult. He was 16 at the time of the killing.

In April 2017, Scott plead not guilty.

Smith pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery and armed criminal action in June and will serve 15 years in prison. Reid will go to trial Oct. 10 for possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and second-degree murder.

Supervising editor is Sky Chadde.

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