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January 28, 2022

12/2/2021 10:49:00 AM
Dodgeville man's killer sentenced to 20 years

Gunnar T.G. Holum's friends said he was glad to have finished a program at SW Tech and wanted to celebrate.
The Dodgeville man went to Madison with four friends to buy some drugs from Marcus Hamilton on December 19, 2019, But instead of a smooth transaction Holum lost his life when Hamilton tried to rob him and his friends at gunpoint on the 1000 block of Spruce Street.  A struggle took place and as Hamilton was being pushed out of the car he fired, sending a shot through the back drivers seat which killed Holum.
Last Thursday Hamilton was given a 40 year sentence, 20 behind bars and 20 on extended supervision,
The prosecution sought a 35 year prison term, arguing that none of the individual sentences should be concurrent. Hamilton's public defender argued for 12 years in prison, his reasoning is that was the sentence the person who killed Hamilton's father when he was nine had received that sentence.
The Judge in the matter, Ellen Berz, said the fact Hamilton's father was the victim of a gun death it should have kept the young man from carrying a gun.
Hamilton had been found guilty in August of first degree reckless homicide along with one count of bail jumping and four of first degree recklessly endangering safety. His sentencing was then held Nov. 11.

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