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Federal jury convicts JC man of murder

By The Mercury

A Junction City man was convicted of murder in federal court Thursday, officials said.

Marcus D. Roberson, 32, was found guilty of killing a woman four years ago to keep her from giving information to law enforcement officers about his drug trafficking, according to a report from U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom.

A federal jury convicted Roberson on three counts: one count of murder for the March 3, 2010, killing of Crystal K. Fisher; one county of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine; and one count of conspiracy to distribute powder cocaine, according to the report.

During the trial, prosecutors presented evidence that Roberson lured 25-year-old Fisher to a location near an alley in central Junction City where he shot her four times at close range.

Her body was found seated in the driver’s side of her vehicle in the 700 block of West 11th Street in Junction City. The murder weapon, a .40-caliber pistol, was found in a pond behind a Walmart in Junction City.

Prosecutors also presented evidence of Roberson’s involvement in a drug trafficking organization that distributed powder and crack cocaine in and throughout the Junction City area, according to the report.

Sentencing will be set for a later date. He faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment on the murder count as well as the drug counts, and a fine of up to $10 million on each of the drug counts.

The following people are co-defendants in the case:

Kennin Dewberry, who was sentenced to 240 months in prison.

Virok D. Webb, who is awaiting trial.

Jamaica L. Chism, who is set for sentencing April 14.

Alisha A. Escobedo, Megan N. Fuller, Caress Jackson and Keishana Johnson, who are set for sentencing April 21.

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