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Collins sentenced

The third person to plead guilty in connection with the beating death of an elderly Neon man has been formally sentenced in Letcher Circuit Court.

Christina Hall Collins, 35, of Millstone, was recently sentenced to 15 years in prison for her role in the murder of 70-year-old Ralph Marcum.

Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright followed recommendations in the plea deal and has ordered Collins to serve 365 days in jail for an amended charge of abuse of a corpse. The original charge was complicity to murder, but Letcher Commonwealth’s Attorney Edison G. Banks II said he could not prove that Collins committed murder or robbery.

Wright also sentenced Collins to five years imprisonment each for first-degree criminal facility to robbery, complicity to theft by unlawful taking, complicity to tampering with physical evidence, third-degree criminal complicity to burglary and complicity to theft of a controlled substance. Banks recommends that Collins serve 90 days in the county jail for alcohol intoxication.

Sentences for all charges butthird degree criminal complicity to burglary and complicity to theft of a controlled substance are to served concurrently.

Marcum was beaten to death with a small hammer on April 12, 2008 in the small home resembling a tool shed where Lloyd Pigg was living next to his mother at B&O Hill in Jenkins. Marcum’s body was placed in his own 1991 Toyota automobile, driven to Myra in Pike County and dumped over an embankment.

Collins spent 832 days in jail prior to sentencing.

John William Pigg Jr., 41, was sentenced in May to 50 years in prison for murdering Marcum.

Lloyd Pigg, John Pigg’s cousin, pleaded guilty in April 2011 to complicity to tampering with physical evidence in connection with Marcum’s death and was sentenced to five years in prison. He received credit for 806 days he had already served in jail.

All three plea agreements were entered with approval of Marcum’s daughter.

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