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Prosecutor surprised at early release of defendant in the case of the killing of 2-year-old Malik Drummond

Lesley Sue Marcotte (above) was released from prison after serving only four months of her 120-month prison sentence.

Rebecca Reed McCoy, who prosecuted the girlfriend of a man who killed his 2-year-old son, expected the woman to serve more than 3 percent of her prison term.

“There had to be a mistake,” Mrs. Reed McCoy recalls thinking when she learned the news the day after Lesley Sue Marcotte’s release on November 18.

Ms. Marcotte was released from the Arkansas Department of Correction’s boot camp after she served just four months of her 10-year sentence.

Jeffery Clifton

Jeffery Clifton

Ms. Marcotte was sentenced to a decade in prison on a felony charge of hindering apprehension or prosecution after she admitted to police that she had lied to protect her boyfriend, Jeffery Clifton, the man convicted of beating his son, Malik Drummond, to death in November 2014, according to a report by Arkansas Online. Police arrested Mr. Clifton on December 1, 2015.

On May 27, White County Circuit Judge Robert Edwards sentenced him to 40 years in prison after he pleaded no contest to second-degree murder and abuse of a corpse, charges that were reduced from capital murder in a plea bargain.

Ms. Marcotte was automatically released after she completed the 105-day boot camp under the supervision of Arkansas Community Correction. She will serve the remainder of her sentence, which ends in July 2026, under supervised parole.

The department released Ms. Marcotte on November 18 and notified Mrs. Reed McCoy in the early hours of November 19. Normally, a defendant would serve at least 20 months of a 120-month sentence, Mrs. Reed McCoy said.

Rebecca Reed McCoy

Rebecca Reed McCoy

“Sometimes we get to comment on parole eligibility,” she said in an interview with AMP, “and sometimes we don’t.”

“We are all very very frustrated with the opportunity she was given to go to boot camp, the early release, the lack of opportunity to object to parole,” Ms. Reed McCoy said in an interview with KATV.

The ADC’s boot camp program in which Ms. Marcotte served has been shut down, and its last class will end in early December.

About the author

Shelby Styron

Shelby Styron

AMP Managing Editor Shelby Styron is a 2016 graduate of the University of Central Arkansas, where she earned a degree in Journalism and Public Administration. She was executive producer of UCA's daily newscasts, and she has written for The Leader in Jacksonville.

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