Man sentenced for strangling woman

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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