Judge Michael N. Annis immediately imposed the only sentence possible, life in prison, on Marcus Funck.
Mr. Funck, 29, was convicted of felony murder in the death of 55-year-old Charles D. Johnson. The homeless man was crushed under the wheels of a van at Third and Watkins streets the night of Aug. 18, 2006.
Mr. Funck and his girlfriend, Lisa Morse, were reportedly looking to buy crack cocaine that night. Mr. Johnson agreed to be the middleman, according to court testimony.
But Mr. Funck never intended to hand over any money, District Attorney Danny Craig said this week. Mr. Funck reportedly snatched the crack from Mr. Johnson and yelled for Ms. Morse to drive off.
Mr. Johnson, who was living in a homeless shelter, didn't have the money to pay the drug dealer, either, Mr. Craig said. He hung on to the van, desperate to get the money.
Mr. Johnson fell from the side of the van and was crushed under the wheels.
Ms. Morse pleaded guilty earlier this year to voluntary manslaughter. She was sentenced to 20 years in prison Aug. 31.
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