An Anne Arundel County judge on Tuesday sentenced a Laurel woman to 10 years in prison for killing her husband in 2013.
Marquita Sutton, 32, was convicted in September of second-degree murder for the stabbing death of her husband, Army Sgt. 1st Class Johnnie Sutton, III.
Circuit Court Judge Ronald Silkworth sentenced Sutton to 30 years in prison, with all but 10 years suspended.
The sentence disappointed Johnnie Sutton's family, many of whom drove from Florida for each of the three sentencing hearings. The hearings began in early October, were continued until late October, then concluded on Tuesday.
"This is our third trip up here, we spent thousands of dollars and we didn't get any justice," said Thomas Smith, the Suttons' brother-in-law.
Marquita Sutton told police her husband tried to assault her during the early morning hours of Dec. 12, 2013. She said she used a stun gun against him, but he continued assaulting her.
Marquita said she retrieved a knife and began stabbing her husband. A prosecutor said the woman stabbed or cut her husband more than 120 times.
Afterward, Marquita wrapped her husband in garbage bags and covered him with blankets, prosecutors said. Then she moved his vehicle, knowing his supervisors at Fort George G. Meade, where he was stationed, would come looking for him when he didn't show up for work.
Marquita dumped evidence, including bloody clothes and other items, in a dumpster behind a nearby restaurant, prosecutors said.
The state pushed for 30 years of active incarceration, the maximum allowed in Maryland for second-degree murder. Instead, Marquita got 10 years of active incarceration with credit for time served.
"To me, that's not enough," said Dianna Sutton, Johnnie's sister.
The couple had their problems and attended counseling, family members said. A prosecutor said Johnnie talked about divorcing Marquita and was seeing another woman at the time of his death.
There were even allegations of abuse.
"I'm not condoning that, but that doesn't mean she should take his life," Dianna Sutton said.
Johnnie was one of seven children from Miami, Florida, where he graduated high school in 1994, Dianna Sutton said.
"He was a very fun person to be around," she said. "Everybody liked him. When he was around, he made sure everybody was happy. He was basically the life of the party."
Johnnie went into the Army shortly after graduating high school. He came back from boot camp and brought his sister a Teddy bear.
"We were very close growing up," she said.
Over the next two decades, Johnny served overseas, working in places like Iraq, Korea and Germany, his family said. He had a son, now in his teens, and was stationed at Fort George G. Meade on two occasions.
He worked as a program analyst for the Army.
It was while Johnnie was in Germany that he met Marquita, his family said.
The couple eventually married and had a son together.
A week before Johnnie died, he spoke with his mom, Cynthia Taylor. He wanted her to come live with him, she said.
The pair went on trips together, she said. He took her to Germany, Niagara Falls and Atlantic City, among other places, she said.
"My son was a family man," Taylor said. "A lot of people called him a mama's boy, which is fine because he loved his mama."
Taylor said she often spoke with her son and Marquita on the phone. She told both of them that if they were having any trouble to give her a call.
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"I treated her like a daughter," Taylor said. "Not a daughter-in-law, a daughter. It don't make no sense for her to do this."