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Man sentenced to 85 years for Marion murder

MARION, IL (KFVS) -

A Creal Springs man found guilty of murdering a Marion man was sentenced to 85 years in prison Friday.

Williamson County Associate Judge John Speroni sentenced 31-year-old Marcus Marshall to 60 years plus an additional 25 years because of his extensive criminal history.

The Judge called Marshall a "murderer", "career criminal" and a "menace to society" and said the only appropriate sentence he could give is to make sure Marshall is never able to hurt anyone ever again like he hurt LaQuinn Hudson and his family.

Lamont Hudson remembers the confusion of that August morning when he learned his brother had been murdered.

Hudson says his brother was shot down in his prime, at just 30 years old outside a home on Liberty Street in Marion.

"He just recently had a baby boy and a son that had just turned five just a couple of months before he was killed," Lamont Hudson said. "He didn't get a chance to enjoy him. When it came down to the kids, his heart just boiled over with love."

Hudson says he can't understand how an argument between his brother and Marcus Marshall turned deadly, or why.

"The way it happened, it was just senseless," Hudson said.

"It was a very cowardly act," said Williamson County State's Attorney Chuck Garnati. "The young man who was killed was totally defenseless. He had no weapons on him. He had even pulled his shirt up to show he had no weapons on him and raised his hands like this. Marcus Marshall didn't shoot him until he knew he was totally defenseless, so besides being a career criminal and a menace to society, he's one of the biggest cowards you'll ever want to come across."

But Garnati says the public likely won't have to come across Marcus Marshall ever again.

"Mr. Marshall is basically going to die in prison," Garnati said. "He got a life sentence today and that's exactly what he deserves."

Lamont Hudson says while justice was done, it still leaves a hole in two families that can never be filled.

"Everybody loses here, nobody's the winner," Hudson said. "Both families have lost dramatically. They're losing a son, and we've lost a son, father, and brother."

Marcus Marshall's attorney has already filled a notice of appeal.

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