A woman broke off a relationship with a man during the holiday season, so he opened fire on her. Ten days after being shot, on Christmas morning, the victim died.
Now, the jilted lover will spend decades behind bars.
Recently, a judge in Illinois sentenced Bryant Marshall to more than 60 years behind bars for killing Marlene Brown, according to Fox Illinois. Marshall previously pleaded guilty to first-degree murder.
On Dec. 15, 2018, Brown and Marshall argued at her home in Danville, Illinois after Marshall accused of her of seeing other men, according to the Danville News-Gazette. Brown had recently broken off their relationship.
During the argument, Marshall threatened the woman, the News-Gazette reported.
Marshall left the home but hid in Brown’s vehicle. When she opened the hatch, he jumped out and started shooting, the News-Gazette noted.
When police arrested Marshall that night, he confessed and said she “pushed” him.
Brown was taken to the hospital, where she died 10 days later.
The victim’s sister, Katherine Smith, told the judge during the sentencing hearing that the death had a profound impact on their family, including Brown’s six children.
“They now have trust issues, they have permanent psychological scars, the perception of their world has changed, they fear the world now, and their hearts are forever broken, as nothing or no one can replace that nurturing love they had from their mother,” Smith said, according to the News-Gazette.
Judge Derek Girton called Marshall’s actions senseless and “beyond selfish,” according to the News-Gazette.
Marshall will have to serve the entirety of his sentence. He was given credit for time served in jail since his arrest.