After deliberating about four hours Friday night, a Jefferson County Circuit Court jury found a Pine Bluff man guilty of second-degree murder a 2011 slaying.

After deliberating about four hours Friday night, a Jefferson County Circuit Court jury found a Pine Bluff man guilty of second-degree murder a 2011 slaying.

Michael A. Thomas, 29, had been charged with capital murder in the April 9 shooting death of Archie Kendrell Kirklin, 24, but the jury decided on the lesser charge.

Kirklin was shot on the parking lot of the Speedway convenience store at 2504 Cherry St. and taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

The penalty phase of the trial began at 7:45 p.m., and Thomas could be sentenced to between six and 30 years in prison.

If he had been convicted of capital murder, he would have been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.