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Man gets life for slaying of store clerk

Ned Marshall sits by his mother, Sandra Marshall, during the hearing for his father, also named Ned Marshall, who was shot and killed Oct. 10 while working as a clerk at the Little Giant/BP gas station and convenience store in Rock Hill. Dontavious Mack, 20, of Hartsville pleaded guilty to the shooting. Marshall's son said his family forgives Mack but will never forget the actions that killed his father.
Ned Marshall sits by his mother, Sandra Marshall, during the hearing for his father, also named Ned Marshall, who was shot and killed Oct. 10 while working as a clerk at the Little Giant/BP gas station and convenience store in Rock Hill. Dontavious Mack, 20, of Hartsville pleaded guilty to the shooting. Marshall's son said his family forgives Mack but will never forget the actions that killed his father.

YORK -- A 20-year-old Hartsville man will spend the rest of his life in prison for the 2006 killing of popular convenience store clerk Ned "Pie" Marshall.

Dontavious Richardo Mack, 20, was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to multiple charges stemming from a robbery and shooting at Rock Hill's Little Giant/Celanese BP gas station on Oct. 10.

Judge Lee Alford also handed down a 30-year sentence for armed robbery. Mack received 20 years for kidnapping; five years each for conspiracy, possession of a pistol during a violent crime and possession of a stolen vehicle, and a year for possession of a pistol under 21. All will run concurrently with the life sentence, the judge said.

Monica Townsend, Mack's mother, cried inconsolably. Across the court room, Marshall's widow, Sandra, cried as she leaned on her son's arm.

"It's a tragedy," Alford said in court. "It affects both families."

Marshall's son, also named Ned, said his family forgives Mack, but they can't forget his actions that robbed Marshall of his life.

"My father did not deserve to die," Ned Marshall said after court. "If you take a life, then you must be willing to give your life."

Townsend, whose body shook with sobs, did not speak after court.

On Oct. 10, Ned Marshall opened the BP store around 3 a.m. Earlier, Mack and his younger brother, Davorius, Terrell Addison and Ben Stewart got into a stolen tan-colored Buick to go to Rock Hill to get money, according to Dontavious Mack's statement.

As the group drove from Hartsville, they talked about robbing a store. The group later decided not to carjack a man or rob a pizza eatery, 16th Circuit Solicitor Kevin Brackett read from Mack's statement.

Davorius Mack and Stewart remained at Northwoods Apartment complex while Dontavious Mack and Addison walked to the BP, Brackett said.

Inside the store, a masked Mack pointed a semi-automatic handgun at Marshall, grabbed him and led him to the front of the store, Brackett said.

Addison, armed with a handgun, came in the store. Then shots were fired, Brackett said.

"One of the bullets struck Mr. Marshall," Brackett said. "His finger on his right hand was injured. A bullet went through both his legs. As a result, Mr. Marshall fell down."

Then, Marshall fired his gun and struck Mack as he attempted to leave, Brackett said.

Mack fled the store carrying wrapped coins that totaled nearly $85, some of which were found in the store parking lot, Brackett said. Eventually, they drove back to Hartsville.

Later, a newspaper carrier walked into the BP to buy some items and saw Marshall's body, Brackett said.

"He was lying face down in a pool of his blood," Brackett said.

Meanwhile in Hartsville, Dontavious Mack went to the hospital with a gunshot wound to his back that he said came from a drive-by shooting, Brackett said.

Police arrested the Mack brothers 10 days after Marshall's killing. Later that month, Allen was arrested. Stewart eluded police until his arrest earlier this year in Philadelphia.

In court Wednesday, Chief Public Defender Harry Dest said his client is a young man who made a foolish attempt to commit robbery. Deputy Solicitor Willy Thompson said four gun casings were recovered in the store.

"It was the last bullet that killed him," Thompson said. "At any point, Dontavious could have stopped firing."

Later, Mack apologized to the Marshall family.

"What I did was wrong," Mack said." I'm sorry for the mistake I made that night."

Mack's aunt, Taisha Jackson, also offered words to Marshall's family.

"If I could turn back the hands of time, I would," Jackson said. "If Dontavious could relive that day, none of this would have happened."

Marshall's son, Ned, said his family feels for Mack's family.

"They are victims in this, too," Ned Marshall said. "They can go and see him. On the other hand, we have a life sentence. We can't see our father anymore. My mother's alone."

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