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Tuesday, January 26, 2021 1:00 am

Man given 35 years for 2018 shooting inside Kroger store

JIM CHAPMAN | The Journal Gazette

A man who argued he shot a man in self-defense at a Kroger store two years ago was sentenced Monday to 35 years in prison.

A jury found Marr Brown, 33, guilty in November of attempted murder and criminal recklessness in the Dec. 19, 2018, shooting at the Kroger on North Clinton Street, just south of Coliseum Boulevard. Brown told the jury he shot James Walker, 48, because he thought Walker was going to kill him.

Allen Superior Court Judge David M. Zent handed Brown a 35-year sentence and credited Brown with having served 71 days in jail. Brown was ordered to pay $38,400 in restitution and to stay away from Walker.

Walker was shot three times and badly wounded inside the supermarket about 6:30 p.m.

Brown told the jury Walker had threatened several times to kill him since the two met at a barbershop three years ago. The bad blood between the two men apparently stemmed from a financial dispute prosecutors tied to a drug deal. Brown, who said he owns a Jamaican restaurant on the city's south side, claimed Walker owed money to some individuals he had introduced to Walker.

Brown said he always carried a gun and received his lifetime carry permit when he was 18, two years after he came to the U.S. from his native Jamaica.

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