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Car wash gunman gets seven years

Courtney Astolfi • Aug 27, 2014 at 2:40 PM

The gunman who shot a man at a Perkins Avenue car wash last year was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison.

The victim, meanwhile, was jailed on charges of his own after he allegedly made a veiled threat on the shooter’s life.

Marcus Campbell, 26, pleaded guilty in late March to one count each of felonious assault and having a weapon under disability. At his hearing Monday morning, Erie County Common Pleas Court Judge Roger Binette handed down a seven-year sentence for the assault charge and a concurrent 30-month sentence for the weapons charge.

Campbell’s release won’t come until 2022, according to court documents.

Campbell’s community-controlled sanctions for two other felony cases were revoked following the car wash shooting, and he’s now serving a sentence for those violations until October 2015. At that point, Campbell will begin his newly imposed seven-year sentence, according to court documents.

Campbell’s sentence apparently did not sit well with his shooting victim.

Bartt Carruthers, 50, of the 2700 block of W. Monroe St., was arrested on an aggravated menacing charge Monday morning, prior to Campbell’s hearing.

On March 27, a man later identified as Carruthers called the Erie County jail.

“Make sure Marcus Campbell has a flak jacket on when he goes to court Monday,” Carruthers allegedly told a corrections officer.

When the guard asked Carruthers why, he disconnected the call.

Carruthers later apologized for the call, saying he felt the sentence was not appropriate for the crime and that he was intoxicated at the time, according to a deputy’s report.

Campbell’s sentencing hearing was pushed back another week and Carruthers was being treated at a hospital at the time, so Erie County deputies issued a warrant for his arrest.

Deputies served the warrant Monday morning and took him to the Erie County jail. Though they offered to take him to Campbell’s sentencing, Carruthers declined, Erie County Chief Deputy Jared Oliver said.

On Jan. 16, 2013, Campbell shot Carruthers at a self-serve car wash in the 500 block of W. Perkins Ave. Sandusky police later learned the shooting was a botched robbery setup.

Carruthers’ stepdaughter, Katie Wilson, 26, lured Carruthers there under the pretense of selling him Xanax, police said. When Campbell and Wilson’s robbery attempt went wrong, Campbell fired three shots at Carruthers before fleeing the area.

One bullet pierced Carruthers’ chest and arm, narrowly missing his heart.

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