St. Clair County Assistant District Lamar Williamson said Circuit Court Judge Jim Hill sentenced Roderick Eugene Mardis, 59, to 20 years for each of the four criminal counts the state brought against the defendant but the judge split the sentence so Mardis will serve five years in prison.
Mardis pleaded guilty in June to two counts of attempted murder, domestic violence by strangulation and arson, all Class A felonies.
Williamson said Mardis will also serve five years on probation once he is released from prison.
Williamson said on Sept. 4, 2012, the defendant got into a marital argument that turned physical.
He said Mardis strangled his wife, but his 17-year-old daughter intervened. The mother and daughter barricaded themselves in the bedroom.
Williamson said Sharon Mardis, the defendant’s wife, grabbed a revolver that was in the bedroom, and Roderick Mardis retrieved a semiautomatic pistol from elsewhere in the home.
Roderick Mardis fired several rounds through the walls and door into the room where the mother and daughter were hiding. The defendant was struck once in the face from returned gunfire.
Williamson said the mother and daughter fled from the house when the defendant went to another room to retrieve accelerants.
Roderick Mardis burned down the house, and when authorities arrived on the scene, he was arrested.
Williamson said before Hill sentenced Mardis, Sharon Mardis testified about how the defendant’s actions impacted her and their daughter.
Williamson said Roderick Mardis did not wish to make a statement before the actual sentencing.
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