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Thornton man gets 50 years in murder case



A Thornton man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for murdering an elderly Neon man.

Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright followed recommendations in a plea agreement and sentenced John William Pigg Jr., 41, to 50 years for murder, 20 years for complicity to firstdegree robbery, five years for complicity to theft by unlawful taking, five years for complicity to tampering with physical evidence and 10 years for complicity to second-degree burglary. All sentences are to be served concurrently.

Pigg, of Thornton, pleaded guilty in September 2011 to murdering 70-year-old Ralph Marcum of Goose Creek in April 2008. Pigg, who is one of three persons charged in the case, was not subject to the death penalty, meaning that a 50-year sentence is the maximum that could be imposed in his case short of life in prison without parole. He would be eligible for parole in about 20 years from his arrest date of April 12, 2008.

Pigg is in the Letcher County Jail waiting transfer to an available facility.

The other two defendants, Lloyd Pigg, 40, of Jenkins, and Christina Collins, 34, of Millstone, have also entered guilty pleas. Lloyd Pigg, John Pigg’s cousin, pleaded guilty to complicity to tampering with physical evidence in connection with Marcum’s death and was sentenced to five years in prison. received credit for 806 days he had already served in jail.

Collins, 35, of Millstone, pleaded guilty earlier this month and admitted to moving Marcum’s body. Collins also admitted to driving Marcum’s car to an isolated road in Pike County where she helped John Pigg throw the body over an embankment. She admitted to going to Marcum’s apartment with John Pigg and removing non-narcotic prescription drugs and a telephone.

Collins pleaded guilty to the amended charges of abuse of a corpse, first-degree criminal facility to robbery and third-degree criminal complicity to burglary. She also pleaded guilty to complicity to theft by unlawful taking, complicity to tampering with physical evidence, complicity to theft of a controlled substance and alcohol intoxication in a public place.

She has not yet been sentenced and could receive 15 years in prison. Letcher Commonwealth’s Attorney Edison G. Banks II has recommended that Collins serve 365 days in jail for an amended charge of abuse of a corpse. The original charge was complicity to murder, but Banks said he could not prove that Collins committed murder or robbery.

Banks also recommends that Collins serve five years imprisonment each for firstdegree criminal facility to robbery, complicity to theft by unlawful taking, complicity to tampering with physical evidence, thirddegree 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.

The charges of abuse of a corpse and alcohol intoxication are to be served concurrently. First-degree criminal facilitation to robbery, complicity to theft by unlawful taking and complicity to tampering with physical evidence are to be served concurrently. Third-degree criminal complicity to burglary and complicity to theft of a controlled substance are to served consecutively to one another.

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

Marcum was killed 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.



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