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Justices with the Thirteenth Court of Appeals in Corpus Christi recently affirmed the conviction and sentence of Marcellus Brown, a Victoria man who was among a group of teens implicated in a fatal shooting near Pine Street Park two summers ago.

Although a jury acquitted him of murder, they found Brown guilty of engaging in organized criminal activity and sentenced him to 60 years in prison.

In his appeal, Brown claimed the state should have given him more notice that it would enhance his punishment due to his prior convictions.

Brown said he was unable to ask people during jury selection how they felt about prior convictions or enhancing punishment.

The justices said that the state did not need to put their intention to enhance the punishment in Brown's indictment. They said notice at the beginning of the punishment phase of the trial was sufficient.

If you are interested, you can review more documents associated with Brown's case here.