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Youngstown man gets 6 years in 2009 slaying



Published: Fri, May 4, 2012 @ 3:31 p.m.

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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1Knightcap(699 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Our wheels of justice in Mahoning county at it's best. You voted for this back in March. Are you happy? Well It's Friday, the weekend is here, who cares. For Natarasha Gilliam her son's life was only worth 6 years. These ridiculous sentences have to cease. And you felt that a candidate who would not let a Muslim go to prayers was a poor choice. Please. We have a prosecutor who does not know how to prosecute.

But to Marcus Rutledge with good behavior, maybe out in three. The culture will welcome him back with open arms and then Marcus could go on with his life seeking donations. ...It's all good in tha hood...

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2ElPolloRetrasado(202 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Wow, shot 23 times, what did the prosecutor say? "Worst case of suicide I ever saw!" Wow, the judge and prosecutor should be ashamed of themselves!

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3fattynskinny(195 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

un..freakin..believable

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4Billy_Bob(60 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

May God be with Hall and his family. Truly tragic with terrible results from our prosecutors office.

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5Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

knight

"And you felt that a candidate who would not let a Muslim go to prayers was a poor choice. Please. We have a prosecutor who does not know how to prosecute."

Couldn't say it any better. They also blast him because of a stupid text so where are the fools now that voted for this useless cockroach. 6 years? 23 shots! Unreal!

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6boatonerie(13 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

This is insane. When will the people of Youngstown stand up and hold these Judges and Prosecutors responsible for their incompetence? Enough already. VOTE THEM OUT.

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7jfgiancola(157 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

It's pretty sad when you can get a longer sentence for selling drugs or theft. IMO the only sentence should be death or life without the possibility of parole. To let someone plea bargain such a crime is unreal.

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8praxis95(51 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

If you want something done, write in Macejko on your November ballot.

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9Snoopy01(10 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Mahoning Valley Judicial system at its best. Shot 23 times and they call 6 years JUSTICE. Only in YTOWN can you kill someone and get away with it. Overcrowding my ass. Start giving the death penalty to these worthless thugs and maybe they will think twice before they kill someone. My prayers and sympathies go out to the victims family.

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10LtMacGowan(643 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

More than likely the police were unable to get enough evidence for the prosecutors office to secure a conviction for Agg Murder. This was probably a plea deal of necessity because they lacked the goods to put him away in court.

Don't get me wrong six years is a joke but its probably that or he walked free.

It would also help if the community would stop protecting these idiots and or living in fear of them and that ridiculous "Stop Snitching" movement. If we don't help the police don't we bear some accountability for such a ridiculously light sentence?

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11Militaryman4rmYO(7 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

This is just unacceptable!!! if this scumbag makes it out of prison, then we'll be reading about him in the paper soon, he'll have a toe tag as soon as he gets out...the family is in my prayers! we can do better than this Youngstown...smh

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