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20 Years in Prison for Defendant in Ashland Homicide

Baihly Warfield
Updated: February 12, 2019 06:39 PM

ASHLAND, Wis. - A Barnes, Wisconsin, man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for first-degree reckless homicide.

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A jury found Matthew Samuel Phillips, 43, guilty of murdering 51-year-old Marcus Holton. His trial wrapped up in November 2018, and he was sentenced Tuesday. 

According to the criminal complaint filed in March 2018, Phillips believed Holton had sexually molested a young girl. Law enforcement documents say he stabbed Holton to death in a home on the 200 block of 12th Ave. E in Ashland. 

Phillips was also found guilty of two counts of felony bail jumping.

Jennifer Mustache, a woman charged with being party to felony murder, was sentenced to four years of supervised probation in October 2018. 

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