Carbondale man sentenced for violent hotel room attack

Carbondale man sentenced for violent hotel room attack
Marquis J. Sutton (Source: Carbondale PD)
Marquis J. Sutton (Source: Carbondale PD)

The Jackson County, Illinois State's Attorney says a Carbondale man has been sentenced after a violent crime.

Richard L. Nelson, 31, of Carbondale was sentenced to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for a home invasion on March 15, 2014, in Carbondale, Illinois, according to Michael C. Carr, State's Attorney.

According to Carr, evidence revealed that Nelson and Marquis Sutton went to a hotel room in Carbondale with the intent to rob Alfonso Slaughter of Chicago, Illinois, of drugs and money.

Carr says when police arrived at the hotel room, they found Slaughter unconscious, bloody and beaten.

Slaughter was taken to Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. He was later airlifted to St. Louis. He spent one month in the hospital recovering from the attack.

Police later recovered a pair of tennis shoes that Nelson was wearing.

According to Carr, blood was found on the shoes and DNA testing revealed that it matched that of the victim.

Nelson, along with Sutton and third co-defendant Ariel Mix, were all convicted by a jury on August 20, 2014.

Both Sutton and Mix are to be sentenced Friday, October 31, according to the state's attorney.

Nelson must serve 85 percent of his 30 year sentence. He was also sentenced to a concurrent 10 year sentence for Robbery and ordered to serve three years of mandatory supervised release after his prison term.

This case was investigated by the Carbondale Police Department.

Assistant State's Attorney Mark Hamrock prosecuted the case.

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