Freeport man sentenced to life in prison for Cedar Inn double-murder

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FREEPORT, Ill. (WIFR) -- A Freeport man convicted for a double-murder at the Cedar Inn was sentenced to life plus other charges.

Courtesy: Stephenson County Sheriff's Office

Devin Marcum was sentenced Wednesday morning. He was convicted in August for fatally shooting two men in February.

"This sentence is necessary to prevent others from committing the same sort of crime," says Stephenson County state's attorney Carl Larson. "The defendant murdered two good men."

Police say Marcum shot three people, two who were killed, outside the Cedarville bar in a parking lot on Feb. 3, 2019.

Kyle Tucker, 35 and Shaun Bradbury, 36, were shot and killed, while Michael Steinhauser, 35, survived after he was shot.

In a statement made before the sentence, Marcum said, "The choices we sometimes make in life are very poor, and God knows I hit rock bottom on this one."

Krista Tucker, the sister of victim Kyle Tucker, shared her reaction with 23 News after the sentence.

"I just hope every day for the rest of his life, it is the worst day of his life," says Tucker. "We are living an ongoing nightmare that we will never get to wake up from."

A Facebook post from Marcum's sister, shared days before the shooting, lead to Marcum and his family receiving online threats. Marcum alleges he was ready to defend his family in response and act on impulse the night of the shooting.

During trial, prosecutors showed body cam footage from Freeport officers on the arrest.

In the video, Marcum was heard saying “I didn’t get away fast enough,” and “I was in the wrong."

Marcum's charges include three counts of first-degree murder, one count for attempted murder, one count of aggravated battery with a firearm, one count of aggravated discharge of a firearm, and one count of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.

A judge says Marcum has a right to appeal the sentence.