Hurst gets 27 years for role in robbery, attack - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Hurst gets 27 years for role in robbery, attack

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A judge sentenced the second suspect involved in a Chickasaw Gardens rape and robbery case during a hearing Monday.

It's a case that shocked the community and already sent one suspect to prison.  Marchello Hurst took the stand Monday to make a statement before the judge decided his fate.

"Want to apologize to the victim, my family, my friends," he said.

"I take responsibility for what I did, ready to get it over with," he added.

Hurst got the sentencing part over with, but serving the sentence won't be so fast.  Judge James Beasley sentenced Hurst to 27 consecutive years in prison, just shy of the maximum possible sentence of 30 years.

"I think the over-riding factor was the rape victim's 12-year-old son was forced to be present," Beasley said.

Prosecutors say Hurst and another man, Elroy Cobbins, broke into a woman's Chickasaw Gardens home in 2007.  Judge James Beasley criticized Hurst for standing by and doing nothing while Cobbins raped and beat the woman with her son nearby.

"Mr. Hurst was charged with being in charge of a young boy while his mother was beaten and raped in the next room," Beasley said.

The men then took off with $70,000 in jewelry that was never recovered.

The crime happened while Hurst was out on probation for another aggravated burglary.  Hurst's attorney, James Thomas, said he hoped the judge would have considered his client's guilty plea.

"He's accepted full responsibility for his crime," Thomas said. "I don't know what else he could have done."

Hurst has another robbery case pending.  After his photo was on TV for the Chickasaw Gardens case, other alleged victims identified him as the suspect in their robbery.

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