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Former Fort Drum soldier is sentenced in Cortland County

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A former Fort Drum soldier already imprisoned for a multicounty crime spree was sentenced to concurrent time in state prison Thursday in Cortland County Court.

Russell C. Marcum, 20, was sentenced to one to three years in prison for Dec. 14 guilty pleas to third-degree burglary and third-degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle. He already is serving up to a four-year prison sentence imposed in February in Oswego County Court for a third-degree burglary conviction there.

Mr. Marcum, from Morgantown, W.Va., led police in September on a three-day manhunt that began with the alleged unauthorized use of his parents’ Chevrolet Avalanche at Fort Drum. He allegedly left a trail of break-ins that included storage lockers and Preferred Power Sports, Route 11, that also extended into Herkimer and Tompkins counties.

He is expected to enter a plea Tuesday in Jefferson County Court in connection with pending charges here and receive a sentence that will run concurrently with the one he is now serving at Elmira Correctional Facility.

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