Fisher gets three years
Published 8:46 am Friday, September 8, 2017
Marion Fisher, the man accused of taking a Springfield woman on a wild ride through Boyle County and fleeing police, entered a guilty plea on Thursday.
The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office has recommended a three-year sentence for his charges.
When asked about his plea, Fisher told Judge Darren Peckler that he had “thought about it a lot.”
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Peckler asked if Fisher believed he could get less time from a jury trial.
“Possibly, but possibly worse,” Fisher said.
A jury trial, as Peckler pointed out, could lead to additional persistent felony offender charges, which were dropped by the prosecution as part of the plea agreement.
Fisher said he believed pleading guilty and taking the recommended sentence was his best choice.
Fisher, 36, pleaded guilty to first-degree wanton endangerment; first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer; first-degree unlawful imprisonment; first-degree fleeing or evading police; first-degree resisting arrest; operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs (second offense); operating on a suspended license; and third-degree possession of a controlled substance.
Fisher was first charged following a July 23, 2015, arrest by Boyle County deputies in Mercer County.
According to archives of The Advocate-Messenger, Fisher and Sharonna Harmon, who were dating, stopped by the side of the road “to split a fifth of whiskey” on July 23, 2015.
After a while, Harmon tried to call her mother because she was concerned they were “too intoxicated to drive,” but Fisher “wouldn’t let her,” the article states.
“He started driving, and he became agitated. He asked her if she was prepared to die,” said Boyle County K9 Deputy Casey McCoy at the time.
Fisher drove to Perryville, where Harmon was able to turn the car off and pull the keys from the ignition.
They struggled and ultimately Fisher regained control. He continued to drive, and threw her cell out the window.
On U.S. 150, he pulled over to assist a stranded motorist, Harmon told authorities. That man later flagged law enforcement down to alert them to the situation.
When authorities located Fisher, it led to a police chase that traveled into Mercer County. Fisher eventually attempted to flee on foot, prompting deputies to deploy a Taser and then K9 Djanco, when the Taser failed to stop him.
Fisher is recommended to serve time in a penitentiary. He was being held at the Boyle County Detention Center at press time.