On Wednesday, August 10th, 2011, Marmolejo (then age 16) stabbed Suzette York, age 49, multiple times inside a classroom at the school located at 50 North Mendenhall Road in East Memphis. After the attack York was discovered by the staff of the school and her husband. Ms. York was pronounced dead at the scene. Memphis Police arrested Marmolejo on the scene.
On September 7th, 2011, a Juvenile Court magistrate transferred Marmolejo to Shelby County Criminal Court. In February 2012, a Shelby County Grand Jury indicted Marmolejo for first degree murder.
In his plea to the court, Marmolejo confessed to the fatal attack of Suzette York and agreed to a thirty-five year (35) year sentence at 100%.
“We balanced the interests of the state with the wishes of the husband,” said Assistant district attorney Reggie Henderson “We had a strong case, but he did not want to come back to Memphis and relive this in a trial. This is an extremely difficult situation for him.”
If convicted of first degree murder, Marmolejo faced a sentence of life in prison without parole or life in prison with possibility of parole. Second degree murder is a class “A” felony with a sentence range between fifteen (15) and sixty (60) years.
Assistant District Attorney Reggie Henderson and Jennifer Nichols handled the plea.
Judge Mark Ward heard Marmolejo’s plea in Criminal Court Division IX.