RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Mairese Washington, the teen accused in the death of Marty Cobb, entered a plea this morning in the case.
Washington pleaded no contest to second degree murder today. A judge sentenced him to 40 years in prison with 10 years suspended on Wednesday, according to court documents.
Washington was charged with murder, malicious wounding and strangulation in connection to the May 1, 2014 death of Marty Cobb and the alleged attack on his sister. As part of the plea deal, the malicious wounding charge along with the strangulation charge were both nolle prossed, meaning they were dropped but can be brought up later.
Today’s hearing was a previously unscheduled hearing. The case had been set to go to trial in June.
Cobb’s family says that he and his sister were playing on railroad tracks by their home when they say Washington sexually assaulted Cobb’s 12-year-old sister. Marty’s family says that’s when Marty stepped in, attempting to protect his sister, and was killed.
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