Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

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March 23, 2009

Marriott trial ends in 99-year sentence

Jurors deliberated for more than three hours Monday

A Navarro County jury gave Kandy Marriott 99 years in prison and a $10,000 fine Monday for engaging in organized crime. Kandy Marriott stood quietly as the verdict was read by the judge, but her husband, Lynn Marriott, began shouting and after trying to shrug off police officers, he was handcuffed and led out of the room, as their son, Darrell Marriott screamed “We’re going to be OK. We’re going to be OK.”

After his father was taken from the courtroom, Darrell hugged his mother over the railing. He continued to assure her it would be OK and that he loved her, and she told him “it was a satan.”

Visiting Judge Robert Dohoney of Lake Whitney pronounced the sentence and remanded Kandy Marriott to the custody of the sheriff’s office.

Jurors deliberated behind closed doors for more than three hours Monday before arriving at the sentence. Afterwards, lead juror Gary Douglas said it was a very difficult case, and in the end, it was either compromise or have a hung jury. “So we compromised,” he said.

The other alternatives were to give her life in prison, or probation.

Under the terms given by the judge, Kandy Marriott will have to serve at least a quarter of the sentence before she becomes eligible for parole. Her defense attorney, Ed Mason, had asked for probation for his client.

Marriott was convicted of misusing 18 checks written to David Martin, her husband’s partner, in various businesses the two shared, including Dickey’s Barbecue in Corsicana, and the Huddle House in Gun Barrel City.

The state’s prosecuting attorney, David Glickler, with the Texas Attorney General’s Office, argued successfully that Marriott or someone under her control forged Martin’s name and deposited the checks into other businesses’ accounts, and that she ultimately benefited.

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