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Man who buried his victim in concrete sentenced in Indianapolis

Posted at 12:15 PM, May 17, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS — A man who shot his victim and then buried him in concrete was sentenced Friday in Indianapolis.

Jason Hancock will go to prison for 24 years, according to court records.

The case was one of the more bizarre death investigations in recent Indianapolis history.

According to the Marion County Prosecutor, 41-year-old Michael Marks was shot to death in February of last year.

His body was placed in a hole dug in an Indianapolis storage warehouse and then covered in concrete.

Earlier this month, Hancock pleaded guilty to: "Abuse of a Corpse," "Voluntary Manslaughter," and "Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Serious Violent Felon."

The murder charge Hancock faced was dropped.

Marks' body was found almost one month after the shooting, buried in the warehouse on West 29th Street.

According to police, the two men had been in an argument over some items Marks allegedly stole.

The probable cause affidavit filed in the case alleged that Hancock lured Marks into the warehouse, shot him, dug a hole inside the building, placed Marks' body in the hole and covered it with concrete — but not before stripping his clothes off and burning them.

The affidavit also says Hancock used a tool to remove Marks' teeth.

Police found the body after receiving information from a witness.

Hancock allegedly told the witness, "if anyone ever asks, tell them I did this."

An autopsy determined Marks died of a gunshot wound to the head.