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Man sentenced in 2017 killing

BY Samantha Oyler - soyler@chronicle-tribune.com

A Marion man has been sentenced to three years in prison and three years of probation in Grant County Circuit Court for reckless homicide.

According to court documents, Vernon Lee Jones was originally charged with the murder of 53-year-old William Russel Eicks, of Marion. Eicks died of a gunshot wound on Aug. 3, 2017.

Jones entered a plea of guilty to reckless homicide, a Level 5 felony, in March, according to court records. 

The plea agreement states that as a condition of probation, Jones must successfully complete an anger management program through Family Service Society, complete any alcohol and drug assessments and follow through with any recommended treatments.

Jones is entitled to a credit of 806 days for time spent incarcerated while awaiting a sentence, according to court documents.

Deputy Chief Stephen Dorsey with the Marion Police Department previously said a passerby heard a commotion at the residence and walked up to the door the day of the incident. After hearing shooting, the individual called the police.

Dorsey previously said that during the initial response, officers found Eicks sitting in a chair inside a residence at the 1600 block of South Washington Street with a gunshot wound to his head.

Dorsey said both Jones and Eicks were intoxicated the night of the incident.

“I don’t think we’ll ever truly know a motive for what happened that night,” Dorsey said.