Man sentenced for strangling woman

An undated courtesy photo of Marie Nettles and DeMarco Carnegie's Feb. 23, 2014 Kent County jail booking photo.
An undated courtesy photo of Marie Nettles and DeMarco Carnegie's Feb. 23, 2014 Kent County jail booking photo.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The man who admitted to murdering a woman in Grand Rapids in August 2013 will spend the rest of his life prison.

DeMarco Carnegie was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for first-degree murder. He pleaded guilty last month to killing 47-year-old Marie Nettles.

Nettles’ naked body was found Aug. 8, 2013 along the Plaster Creek Trail behind Ken-O-Sha Elementary School, in the area of of 28th Street and Kalamazoo Avenue SE. She had been strangled.

less than a week later, Carnegie threatened a couple in California with a hammer and then robbed them. He was sentenced to 11 years in a California prison.

While serving that sentence, Grand Rapids police investigators got a hit on a national DNA database, linking Carnegie to DNA found on Nettles’ body.

Police also say that an automated license plate reader on a GRPD cruiser put Carnegie in an area known for prostitution on the night of Aug. 7. Nettles was known to have a history of prostitution police say it is believed to have played a role in her death.

In February, Carnegie was extradited to Michigan to face the murder charge.

The same day Nettles’ body was found, police say, Carnegie robbed a gas station in southern Grand Rapids. A charge of armed robbery for that incident was dropped as part of his plea agreement.

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