(SHELBY COUNTY D.A. NEWS RELEASE) – A gunman convicted last monthof killing one acquaintance and critically injuring another in an assault-rifleattack in 2017 has been sentenced to life in prison plus 27 years, said ShelbyCounty Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
The victims each were shot more than 10 times while seated in aparked car in North Memphis.
On Friday, Criminal Court Judge James Lammey Jr. sentenceddefendant Marcel Holbrook to life in prison for first-degree murder, 21 yearswithout parole for attempted first-degree murder, and six years without parolefor employing a firearm in the commission of dangerous felony.
Last month a jury convicted the 26-year-old Holbrook in theincident that occurred around 4 o’clock the afternoon of Nov. 8, 2017, asDuncan Hardy, 54, and Anthony Edwards, 32, were sitting in a car in the 900block of Alaska near Vollintine in North Memphis.
Witnesses said Holbrook pulled up in a black vehicle, stepped outand opened fire on the two men with an assault rifle. Hardy and Edwards bothwere hit by at least 10 shots, though Edwards was able to drive several blocksto his mother’s home.
Hardy was pronounced dead in the vehicle at that location, whileEdwards’ mother drove him to a hospital in her car. The shooting was the resultof an ongoing dispute involving the defendant and a relative of one of thevictims, investigators said.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Stephanie Johnson andRyan Thompson.