Man involved in murder of ASU student sentenced - New York News

Man involved in murder of ASU student sentenced

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Marion Patterson Marion Patterson
Louis Harper Louis Harper
Zachary Marco Zachary Marco
PHOENIX -

An accomplice in the October 2010 murder of ASU student Zachary Marco was sentenced Friday to 17 years in prison.

Marion Patterson pleaded guilty to second degree murder in July, per terms of his plea agreement. He will now spend the next 17 years in prison.

Marco was shot outside the Quadrangles Village apartment complex on October 17, 2010. An aspiring political science student, he was walking home from the library when he was robbed and shot. He later died at an area hospital.

Marco's laptop was later recovered, and it led police to his killers.

In October, Patterson's accomplice, Louis Harper, pleaded guilty to second degree murder and armed robbery. He was the triggerman.

On the murder charge, Harper received a life sentence with the possibility of parole after 25 years, and at least 15 years for the armed robbery.  The judge ordered those sentences be served consecutively.

His plea agreement allowed Harper to avoid a trial and the possibility of a death penalty. Daniel Marco, Zachary's father, says his family accepted the deal to avoid years of court proceedings.

Harper won't be up for parole for nearly 40 years.

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