Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Man gets 25-50 years for shooting "girlfriend" to death

A “boyfriend” who shot a 6 months pregnant woman to death has pled guilty to second degree murder Monday, February 7, and is scheduled to serve 25-50 years in prison.

Rollon Michael Marko, a 27 year old Portage, MI man, was sentenced by Kalamazoo County Circuit Judge Alexander C. Lipsey to the term for 2nd degree murder and assault on a pregnant individual causing miscarriage or stillbirth. These charges were in place of a 1st degree murder charge, which carries an automatic life without parole sentence.

Marko, who had been drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana on May 22, shot Courtney Delano, 19, in his apartment. She and the fetus died of the single gunshot wound to her chest and shoulder.

Marko, who’s trial was to start Tuesday on charges of open murder and assault as well as the firearms charges, faced up to life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted.

Troy Delano, father of the victim, 19 year old Courtney Delano told his daughter’s murderer, “You’re going to be raped in prison everyday. I hope you enjoy it. Eff you.”

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