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|Andrews Lounge Shooter Sentenced to 28 Years in Prison
|A Galesburg man will be spending nearly the next three decades in jail after being convicted on First Degree Murder charges back in March.
33-year old Marlon Brown was sentenced Tuesday in Knox County Court to a total of 28 years in the Department of Corrections for the alleged shooting and killing of 29-year old Deriek Lawless outside of Andrews Lounge last August.
Knox County Circuit Court Judge Stephen Mathers sentenced Brown saying he has heard two different stories of the kind of person Brown is. Testimony was presented to the court that after a previous incarceration, Brown held down employment and even coached youth football. But Mathers heard during the trial about his other life where he allegedly shot the victim and then stood over the man and fired more rounds, Mathers said, in an attempt to finish him off.
Brown read a statement to the court where he maintained his innocence and said his heart went out to the family of the victim. Brown said he was looking to receive a fair and appropriate sentence from the court, saying he was seeking a sentence that wouldn't kill him. Brown told the court that any sentence over 20 years would kill him.
Mathers sentenced Brown to 26 years on the first degree murder charge, and two years on weapons violations he was also charged with that will be served consecutively with the murder sentence. Brown will also be under supervised release for 3 years after he serves 100 percent of his time behind bars.
Brown's attorney, Public Defender Jim Harrell, has already said that he will be filing an appeal.
(Marlon Brown. WGIL News File Photo.)
|06 09 09 by Newsroom
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