Man opts for plea deal in place of 400 years behind bars

Stevenson Marshall
Stevenson Marshall

IBERVILLE PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Stevenson Marshall would have been facing up to 400 years behind bars, if convicted. Instead, a kidnapper and rapist decided to take a plea deal just one day before the case was set to go to trial.

"He treated them like animals is the best way to describe it," said Deputy Brett Stassi Jr.

April 29, 2010, Deputy Stassi was on duty. That night would end up being the worst case of his law enforcement career so far.

Marshall, 31, knocked on a couple's home on River Road in Bayou Goula asking for help with his truck. Deputies said Marshall then brutally beat man before attacking his wife.

"Blood was found in multiple rooms from the attack," said Deputy Stassi.

But that was just one of the multiple scenes. Stassi then got a call from Dow Chemical saying there was a vehicle on their lot they did not recognize. Inside it, Stassi found, "14-year-old black female who had been severely beaten, had been raped and had been left duct taped in the vehicle."

After deputies pieced the case together, they realized Marshall kidnapped the teenager from that same home, drove to a neighborhood park and raped her before leaving her for dead.

"This is one of the most dangerous criminals that we've had come through Iberville Parish in the past decade," said Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi.

Tuesday, the victims, Marshall and prosecutors were preparing to go to trial Wednesday morning on this nearly three year old case, when Marshall accepted a plea deal.

"He was sentenced today to 75 years of hard labor," said Sheriff Stassi.

Marshall pleaded guilty to attempted second degree murder, forcible rape, second degree kidnapping and more.

This particular case struck the core of Iberville Parish. Sheriff Brett Stassi says he's glad it's finally over.

"He's a vicious individual, and the people of Iberville Parish can rest easy tonight knowing he has 75 years of hard labor," said Sheriff Stassi.

Marshall also pleaded guilty to attacking a female deputy at the Iberville Parish Prison back in 2010 and then escaping.  Marshall may be eligible for parole when he's in his 90's.

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