F.C. lifer gets another 35 years
A Franklin County man serving a life sentence in the murder of two men in a motel in Tullahoma now has an additional 35 years added to his time in jail.
Marcus Wade, 43, appeared Dec. 18 in Coffee County Circuit Court for sentencing on another charge.
Wade was convicted this past February for the October 2010 murders of Timothy Wayne Gill and Richard Wayne Elliott at a Tullahoma motel.
During testimony in the trial, prosecutors presented witnesses who stated that the murders were in retaliation of the two men helping Franklin County authorities in drug cases and leading to the arrest of Wade’s nephew.
Prosecutors Jason Ponder and Marla Holloway contended during the trial that Wade was a cocaine dealer and that he had sold the drug on several occasion to one of the men. Testimony presented also showed that Wade had talked with Richard Elliott on several occasions before the murder. One expert testified that there was a call a short time before the murder according to cell phone tower locations.
Wade was in court for sentencing on the jury’s conviction that in addition to murdering the two men he also robbed them of cash.
Coffee County Circuit Court Judge Craig Johnson handed down a sentence of 35 years in prison in addition to Wade’s already life sentence. The two sentences are to run consecutively.
Judge Johnson stated that based on Wade’s criminal record and his having three prior convictions was one of the reasons for imposing the sentence.
He also listed as a reason for the sentence that Wade had no regard to human life.
The judge also stated that he was imposing the sentence to protect society from Wade.
Wade, who is now housed in the Lake County State Prison, is now serving a sentence of life, plus 35 years.
“Effectively this means that Marcus Wade will die in prison and never be able harm anyone again,” Coffee County District Attorney Mickey Layne said.
Ponder was the prosecutor in the sentencing, while Tullahoma attorney Bobby Carter represented Wade.
Carter said he plans to file an appeal to the sentence.
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