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