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Man who shot passing motorist in Decatur gets 4 1/2 year prison sentence

Man who shot passing motorist in Decatur gets 4 1/2 year prison sentence


Marcus E. Flagg Jr.

DECATUR — Marcus E. Flagg Jr. is serving a 4½-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to shooting and wounding a random passing motorist in Decatur. 

Flagg, 21, was sentenced in Macon County Circuit Court May 21. He accepted a plea deal negotiated by his attorney, Michelle Sanders, in which he pleaded guilty to aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony. Additional charges of aggravated discharge of a firearm at an occupied vehicle and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon were then dismissed by Judge Thomas Griffith.

A sworn affidavit from Decatur Police said the shooting incident dated to 2:30 a.m. July 15, 2018. The shooting victim told detectives he had been passing through the intersection of North Warren and East Stuart streets when he was flagged down by a man he would later identify as Flagg.

The victim said Flagg leaned in through the passenger window and started asking questions that alarmed the victim.

“He (the victim) stated the man then produced a handgun and pointed it at him,” the affidavit said. “The victim grabbed for the gun as he started to drive away; he stated that as he did so, the man fired the handgun, striking the victim in the hand and bicep.”

Detectives working the case then developed information naming Flagg as the shooter, and he was tracked down and arrested Nov. 22.

Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid


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