BALTIMORE (WJZ) –Cameron Silcott, who earlier this week pleaded guilty to the 2020 murder of MTA bus driver Marcus Parks Sr., was sentenced Thursday to life in prison with the possibility of parole after five years.
The man who pleaded guilty to the murder of MTA bus driver (Marcus Parks) is sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.
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Silcott, 25, is eligible for parole in 20 years.
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Thursday was an emotional and sometimes tense day in the courtroom.
Parks, a veteran MTA bus operator, was shot on the job in 2020.
His brother, Braddock Parks, said Marcus was a “fun-loving guy” and a dedicated public servant.
“He had COVID, he didn’t have to go back to work,” he said. “But again, because of that dedication, the work ethic that we were taught, he went back to doing his job to serve the city of Baltimore in the state of Maryland.”
During Thursday’s sentencing, the murder was described as a vicious attack where Silcott repeatedly shot Parks after his girlfriend, Nichelle Greene, snatched Parks’ bag and ran off the bus on East Fayette Street near downtown Baltimore.
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When Parks ran after the suspects to retrieve his bag, Silcott turned around and shot the driver 10 times, prosecutors said.
Silcott’s attorney said his actions were “horrible” but his client is “not a horrible person”.
“I wish the situation never happened and what I did was wrong and if I could go back I would,” Silcott said.
He also told the court: ‘I can’t say anything to bring Mr Parks back. As I said, I was wrong and I apologize.
Outside the courthouse, Parks’ family, including his sons, said they wanted a harsher sentence.
“The people who perpetrated this crime have the opportunity to walk the streets again, at a younger age than the life they took. What justice is this? asked Braddock Parks.
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Greene also pleaded guilty to first degree murder. His sentencing is expected in August.