Cairo man sentenced to 51 years for murder in 2015 shooting

Cairo man facing 5 counts of murder

CAIRO, IL (KFVS) - A Cairo, Illinois man was sentenced to 51 years in prison for a 2015 murder.

Marquad Harris, 19, was sentenced to 51 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

He was charged with first degree murder on Friday, March 11 in connection with the June 12, 2015 shooting death of Christopher Nelson.

After several hearings on Harris' post-trial motions, a sentencing hearing was held on Friday, Aug. 26.

Marquad Harris appeared in court in Alexander County, according to the state's attorney.

He was found guilty of shooting 34-year-old Christopher L. Nelson to death on the night of June 12, 2015 in the 600 block of Jefferson Avenue in Cairo.

At the time, Cape Girardeau County Coroner John Clifton said the victim was taken to a Cape Girardeau hospital with multiple gunshot wounds.

Police said Nelson was pronounced dead at the hospital.

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