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Beeville man sentenced to 45 years in prison

By Jessica Priest
Jan. 17, 2014 at 11:02 a.m.
Updated Jan. 16, 2014 at 7:17 p.m.


A Beeville man was sentenced to 45 years in prison Friday morning for murdering his grandmother and setting her house on fire.

Mark Pillow, 24, pleaded guilty to murder and arson, both first-degree felonies, in December.

He was charged with stabbing his grandmother, Dorothy Pillow, 65, repeatedly at her home in the 700 block of North Jefferson Street in Beeville May 4.

Minutes after her death, Mark Pillow washed his hands and clothes, started a fire in the attic and ditched the knife.

Police arrested him later for possession of marijuana. Then, they found $200 on him that Assistant District Attorney James Sales believes he stole from his grandmother to buy drugs.

Throughout the hour and a half-long hearing, defense attorney Viki Martino presented evidence to show her client was suffering from Schizophrenia.

A few weeks before the murder and arson, Mark Pillow went to the local emergency room, where he told a doctor he had been bitten all over by snakes and frogs. That doctor sent him home, she said.

Judge Joel Johnson of the 156th District Court presided over the case.

Johnson gave Pillow 45 years for each count, to run concurrently. Pillow will not be eligible for parole until serving half of that time.

Dorothy Pillow has ties to and once lived in Victoria. She has three children who live in the area as well as numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Pick up Saturday's Victoria Advocate for the full story or visit www.victoriaadvocate.com later.

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