Brown Sentenced to Prison for 2017 Shooting in Marmaduke

Thursday, April 25, 2019
Adam C. Brown
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Law enforcement officials report a Southeast Missouri man was sentenced to four decades behind bars last week in the August, 2017, death of a Marmaduke man. Adam C. Brown of Hornersville, who was 37 at the time of the shooting, was sentenced to 40 years in prison after being convicted of first degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Jeremy C. Green.

The shooting occurred during a mid-morning domestic altercation at the Valero station, in Marmaduke, on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017.

I thought at first the store was being robbed, Joe Dortch, who lives across the street from the crime scene, told reporters at the time. He later noted he thought he heard four shots -- one, then several others in rapid succession.

According to investigators with the Arkansas State Police and Marmaduke Police Department at the time, the shooting occurred around 10 a.m. at the gas pumps in front of the convenience store.

Green was reportedly at the fuel pumps at the time of the incident and a verbal altercation began. Witnesses also indicated Green threatened Brown with part of a receiver trailer-hitch, after asking the suspect to leave him alone.

I was at work and heard what I thought was gunshots, a witness at the scene said afterward. I walked over and that guy was laying on the ground and there was a woman trying to stop the bleeding. I asked who shot him, and the other guy said, 'I did--he wasn't going to hit me with that hitch' and went and sat down in his Jeep.

Dortch told authorities he crossed the street and saw Green lying on the concrete. He also reported a woman came out of the convenience store shortly afterward, and attempted to stop the bleeding.

Marmaduke police chief Steve Franks, now the Greene County Sheriff, was the first on the scene, and took Brown into custody. He also shared the news of the conviction with the media. Personnel with the Greene County Sheriff's Department also responded, along with members of the Marmaduke Fire Department and investigators with the Arkansas State Police.

Green was transported from the scene of the shooting by emergency personnel, but was pronounced dead a short time later.

Brown was taken to the Greene County Detention Center, in Paragould, and was later charged with first degree murder and ordered held in lieu of one million dollars bond.

A native of Rockford, Ill., Green grew up in the Rector area. He was 38 years old at the time of his death.

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