Local man sentenced to 27 years after shooting ex-girlfriend in knee

Published: Apr. 23, 2018 at 7:51 PM CDT
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Marcus Nickerson was sentenced by Judge William McAdams to 27 years in prison for shooting his girlfriend in the leg.

McAdams sentence followed a jury trial in which the defendant was found guilty last Wednesday. The jury also made affirmative findings that a deadly weapon was used in the offense and that the offense involved family violence.

On February 7, 2016, Bryan Police were called out to St. Joseph Hospital on a report that a victim had come in with a gunshot wound to her leg. In speaking with the victim and a witness to the altercation, police discovered that Nickerson and the victim had argued that night after the victim discovered that the defendant was cheating on her.

The victim then ordered the defendant to leave her apartment. Nickerson responded by walking a few feet away, and firing four shots towards the victim, one of which struck her in the knee.

Police at the scene found four shell casings, which were later matched by the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Crime Lab to the weapon that was recovered from Nickerson upon his arrest.

Dr. Sarah Rapp testified that the gunshot wound broke the lower portion of the victim’s thigh bone and lodged in her knee. Dr. Wade Whitmer testified that the bullet from the defendant’s gun is lodged into the victim’s knee to this day and that a gunshot wound to that area could

have potentially killed the victim.

Prosecutors also presented evidence that after the shooting, the defendant burglarized two homes in Robertson County and that the gun used in the offense was stolen from a burglary in Washington County.

The defendant was sentenced to eight years for the burglaries in Robertson County.

In 2011, a Brazos County jury sentenced the defendant to 7.5 years in prison for two burglaries that occurred in Brazos County.

Testimony at trial established that the defendant was released from prison on these sentenced two months before the shooting.

Multiple agencies assisted in the investigation and prosecution of this case, including the Bryan Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, Robertson County Sheriff’s Office, Hearne Police Department, Burleson County Sheriff’s Office, Burleson County Juvenile Probation, and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department.

“The sentence handed down in the case is the result of the tireless work of the Bryan Police Department, with the assistance of multiple agencies, and the professional work of Dr. Sarah Rapp and Dr. Wade Whitmer.” - Jessica Escue & Philip McLemore, Assistant District