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Marks pleads guilty in deadly accident

Marks making his first court appearance in Hopkins County Court. Marks making his first court appearance in Hopkins County Court.
HOPKINS CO., KY (WFIE) -

A guilty plea on Wednesday from a Madisonville man accused of causing a deadly accident in February of last year.

18-year-old Brandon Marks pleaded guilty to second degree manslaughter and officials say he'll be sentenced to 17 years in prison.  

Authorities say Marks was intoxicated and had drugs in his system when he plowed into another car driven by Brittany Clemons.

Clemons died at the scene and her passenger was seriously injured. 

"We agreed to take the seven years that he got for injuring Mr. Cisney and run it consecutive to the 10. He received a 17 year sentence, and if you stop to think about it, that's how old he was when he made this decision.  He's getting a year for every year that he's been on the planet," said David Massemore, the Hopkins County Commonwealth Attorney.

 "I'm glad that Brandon realizes that this is a big event in his life and it's an event where he can use it to change his life, and he's going to," said John Whitfield, Marks' attorney.

 The family of Clemons was in the court room on Wednesday and Massemore says they are satisfied with the ruling.

Formal sentencing for Marks will take place April 21.

 

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