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DECATUR — Mark A. Marquis, a 67-year-old Decatur man who has pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of sexual assault against two children younger than 13, had his bond lowered Wednesday, but not by as much as he wanted.

Marquis appeared in Macon County Circuit Court and, through his public defender Tiffany Senger, asked for his $200,000 bond to be cut to $75,000.

Judge Thomas Griffith agreed his $200,000 bond was too high, but opted to reduce it to $150,000 instead, which means Marquis must post $15,000 to get out of the Macon County Jail.

Marquis has been held there since November when the Decatur man, who has been living in Florida since 2012, was arrested on a warrant. He faces five counts of predatory criminal sexual assault and six counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse for offenses that allegedly occurred in Decatur.

Senger had argued that Marquis, who appeared in court in a wheelchair, needs better medical care than he can receive in jail. She said he has suffered a series of strokes since his first one at the age of 45 and now is unable to walk far. Senger said he has relatives in Decatur who are willing to look after him, and he has no prior criminal record.

“He is older in age, he is not in great health, and he would be better cared for outside of the jail where he can continue seeing doctors of his choosing and get back on his regular medication,” Senger added.

Macon County Assistant State’s Attorney Kate Kurtz fought the bond reduction by arguing the court should not be swayed by Marquis’ medical condition and should bear in mind the severity of the charges he faces.

Kurtz said the abuse dates to after he had his first stroke, and she said his medical condition had even provided an excuse to bring children closer to him.

“His medical issues did not prevent him from sexually abusing multiple children,” she said. “In fact, one of the reasons (a named child) was over there was to help with yard work because of the defendant’s stroke.”

Kurtz also pointed out that, if convicted of the offenses that involve multiple child victims, the law called for Marquis to get a mandated sentence of natural life in prison.

Having made his bond reduction decision, Griffith scheduled the case against Marquis for a pretrial hearing Feb. 6.


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Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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