An Emotional Murder Trial Comes to a Close in Pascagoula

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Updated: 12/02/2013 6:45 pm
A plea of guilty from the defendant put the victim’s family at ease. Loren Wilt was best friends with Jack Markowitz for years, but when Steven Michael Brown Sr. shot and killed Markowitz in August of 2012, Loren's friendship with Markowitz came to a painful close. Wilt says, "Everyday I wake up and I feel a loss. I've never had anything like this happen before." On Monday, Brown pleaded guilty to capital murder and arson. He is sentenced to life in prison without parole. John Helmert, the defense attorney, says, "It's a shame people are judged on the very worst action that they have ever taken." It was near the intersection of I-10 and Highway 57 that Brown robbed Markowitz, shot him, first underneath his left eye, and then again on the side of his head. Brown then lit Markowitz's truck on fire and fled the scene. Loved ones of Markowitz want to know why this tragedy occurred. Tony Lawrence, the district attorney, says, "The family has always wanted to know how someone for 25 years who has supported, helped, helped him with his problems, loaned him money, and helped him with his business could turn on a good friend like that and do what he did that day." Emotions were high in the courtroom. Brown sobbed multiple times and raised his head asking for the Lord's forgiveness, but some did not believe it was sincere. After years of heartache, Loren, along with Markowitz's other loved ones are grateful to see this case come to an end. The judge also ordered Brown to have no contact with the victim’s family, telling Brown, 'They've seen enough of you.'

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