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Carbondale pair sentenced for violent crime


A man and woman from Carbondale, Illinois were sentenced for their role in a home invasion on March 15 in Carbondale, according to Michael C. Carr, Jackson County state's attorney.

Carr said Ariel Mix, 25, and Marquis Sutton, 31, along with co-defendant Richard Nelson of Carbondale went to a hotel room with the intent to rob a man of drugs and money they believed were in his hotel room.

When police arrived at the hotel room later, they found the man unconscious, bloody and beaten. He was taken to a Carbondale hospital and later air lifted to St. Louis, where he spent a month recovering from his injuries.

Mix, Sutton and Nelson were all convicted by a jury on Aug. 20.

On Oct. 30, Nelson was sentenced to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for his role in the home invasion and a 10 year concurrent sentence for robbery.

According to Carr, evidence at trial showed that the idea to rob the man was initiated by Mix, who enlisted her then boyfriend, Sutton. They attempted to rob Slaughter once earlier in the day, but they were unsuccessful.

Later that same day, they enlisted the help of Nelson for the home invasion and robbery.

For her role in this, Mix was sentenced to 20 years in the IDOC on the home invasion charge. This sentence must be served as an 85 percent sentence.

She was also sentenced to a concurrent seven year sentence for robbery and ordered to serve three years of mandatory supervised release upon her release from IDOC.

The sentencing judge, calling this "one of the most brutal and heinous attacks he had ever seen in his years on the bench," sentenced Sutton to 60 years in the department of corrections for the home invasion.

He must serve 85 percent of that sentence and he will serve three years mandatory supervised release upon his release from the IDOC.

Sutton was also sentenced to an additional 14 years in the IDOC for the robbery charge.

That sentence was ordered to be served consecutive to the 60 year sentence for the home invasion charge, making it a total of 74 years.

The case was investigated by the Carbondale Police Department. Assistant State's Attorney Mark Hamrock prosecuted this case.

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