Marion County man sentenced for 2012 murder

Marion County man sentenced for 2012 murder
Shawn Bradley Louge

COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) - A Marion County man was sentenced Friday for his roll in the 2012 shooting death of a Marion County couple.

Shawn Bradley Louge, 27, was sentenced by Judge Prentiss Harrell to two consecutive life sentences for the murder of his parents Gerald and Rebecca Hutson on June 9, 2012.

Thomas Ray Nicholas, who was later, charged with grand larceny, and accessory after the fact to taking away a motor vehicle, was sentenced to 10 years with seven to serve.

The two appeared before Judge Harrell after pleading guilty in early January 2015.

"We are pleased that the judge ran the sentences consecutive," said 15th Circuit District Attorney Hal Kittrell. "We believe this sentence recognizes the value of both the mother and father in this heinous crime," said Kittrell.

Scene of the crime:

Gerald and Rebecca Hutson were found dead at their home at 105 County Line Road in Marion County in June 2012. Shortly after, a day-long manhunt ensued.

A truck that officials believed Louge stole from a friend was discovered in a wooded area near the Marion and Lamar County line.

As the manhunt continued, authorities tracked Louge's cell phone to a location in Pike County. Louge was arrested at a traffic stop while driving his mother's car. Authorities also recovered a 12-gauge shotgun, believed to be the murder weapon, from the scene.

A passenger in the vehicle, Thomas Ray Nichols was also taken into custody and charged with two counts of capital murder at the time.

Nichols who was at the scene claimed he had no knowledge of Louge's intentions leading up to the murders. Nichols charges were changed throughout the process of the investigation.

According to 15th District Attorney Hal Kittrell, at the time, Louge filed for a psychiatric evaluation which would have him sent to the Mississippi State Mental Health Hospital at Whitfield.

During the sentencing portion of the hearing Friday, Judge Harrell ordered Louge to be given and take the proper medication he needs.