PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Steven Michael Brown, Senior just pleaded guilty to capital murder and arson, and was sentenced to life in prison without parole. The murderer was also fined $11,000.
Brown was convicted of the August, 2012 murder of 61-year-old Jacob Markowitz. The victim was a Biloxi man who died after first being robbed by Brown, and then having the pickup truck he was in set on fire near Highway 57.
Brown broke down several times while talking to the court. Twice he asked for God's forgiveness.
A family friend of the victim called it "all just an act."
Jackson County District Attorney Tony Lawrence released this statement after the guilty plea was entered. "On August 8, 2012, the Defendant took advantage of the kindness and generosity that was shown to him by the victim. He robbed, shot, and burned the one man who never turned his back on him when all others did. While the plea today will not bring their loved one back, the family, fiancé, and friends Jack Markowitz left behind are satisfied with the court's sentence."
Doug Walker was in the courtroom during this morning's plea hearing. He has audio and video while the defendant was entering his plea. Be sure to watch WLOX News later today to hear Brown's admission.
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