Youngstown man gets 6 years in 2009 slaying

YOUNGSTOWN — A murder victim’s mother told a judge her life will forever be impacted by the man who callously took her son’s life.

Marcus T. Rutledge, 26, of Brookline Avenue, drew a six-year prison sentence today from Judge James C. Evans of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

Rutledge pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Darrick Hall on the city’s North Side. The six-year term is the minimum prison time available for his crime.

Rutledge was originally charged with aggravated murder in the Oct. 4, 2009, shooting death of Hall, 23, of East Marion Avenue.

Rutledge, however, entered into an agreement with the prosecution to plead guilty to the lesser charge and avoid a trial.

“There is no excuse for that. None. None whatsoever,” Hall’s mother, Natarasha Gillam of Youngstown, said of the slaying, in which she said her son was shot 23 times.

“This was planned. This was a setup,” she said, adding that her son was shot after he left a party. “He should not be breathing at all,” Gillam said of Rutledge.

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