Informant Killer Gets Life

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Charleston man will spend the rest of his life behind bars after pleading guilty to killing a police informant.

Acting United States Attorney Carol Casto’s office says in a statement that 39-year-old Marlon Dewayne Dixon was sentenced to life in prison in federal court in Charleston on Monday.

Dixon pleaded guilty in November to tampering with a witness or informant by killing.

Authorities say Dixon lured 22-year-old Branda Mae Delight Basham to a secluded area in Charleston and shot her repeatedly with a pistol on July 12, 2014. He surrendered to police five days later.

Basham was working as a police informant. Dixon sold drugs to her several times.

Dixon was convicted of federal drug trafficking charges in 1999 and 2006, and malicious wounding charges in Kanawha County in 2007.