Felon gets lengthy firearms sentence


A man prosecutors say was just out of prison a short time before shooting his girlfriend is now facing lengthy, stacked prison sentences.

Marcus Dwayne Nickerson was sentenced to the maximum twenty years for being a felon in possession of a firearm, with this sentence to be served after he completes a 27 and a half year sentence he was assessed in April for the shooting.

Records indicate that on February 7, 2016 Bryan police were called to St Joseph Hospital regarding a shooting victim that had come in.

Police determined that the victim and Nickerson had argued earlier that night and that the victim had ordered Nickerson to leave her apartment.

Police say he walked to the parking lot, then turned to fire four shots toward her,  hitting her with one of them.

Police say the weapon used in the shooting had been stolen in a burglary in Washington Count eleven days before.

Prosecutors presented evidence that after the shooting and before he was arrested, that Nickerson burglarized two homes in Robertson County and one in Falls County.

In those burglaries, multiple firearms and a quantity of ammunition was taken.

Nickerson was sentenced to eight years for the Robertson County burglaries.

It was noted at trial that Nickerson had been released from prison less than  two months before the shooting.

In 2011 a Brazos County jury had sentenced Nickerson to seven and a half years in prison for two burglaries.

Prosecutors also presented evidence that as a juvenile Nickerson was sentenced to the Texas Youth Commission for aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Assistant District Attorneys Jessica Escue and Philip McLemore issued a statement saying, ” This defendant was out of prison less than two months before using a stolen firearm to shoot his girlfriend and fire multiple rounds toward a habitation.  The combination of his criminal history and behavior in this case necessitated this maximum consecutive sentence.”

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