Carbondale man sentenced for murder of Belleville man

Kaleb Freeman
Kaleb Freeman Provided by the Madison County Jail

A Carbondale man will spend 35 years in prison for shooting and killing a Belleville man in January 2017.

Kaleb Freeman, 24, arranged to meet an acquaintance, 21-year-old Montrea Marshall, on Jan. 21, 2017 outside a Collinsville apartment complex in the 800 block of South Morrison Avenue , according to a news release from the Madison County State's Attorney's Office.

The two men began to argue, and as the fight escalated, Freeman shot Marshall in the chest. He then jumped in his car and fled, according to authorities.

Marshall was transported to Anderson Hospital in Maryville and was pronounced dead shortly after, according to the news release.

Freeman pleaded guilty to first-degree murder Wednesday in Madison County. He will have to serve 100 percent of his sentence.

"The violent, senseless actions of this defendant ended in the worst way, with a young man tragically losing his life," said State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons. "I am hopeful that this conviction provides his family with some comfort and closure during this tragic chapter in their lives."