NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A Center man has pleaded guilty to the shooting death of a Nacogdoches woman who was trying to save children when he opened fire.
Marcus Isaac, 20, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in District Judge Campbell Cox's courtroom. He accepted a 50-year prison sentence..
Isaac was arrested in December of 2014 following a shooting on Railroad Street. Isaac had been involved in an altercation with a resident of the house where the shooting occurred.
After leaving the house, he returned later with a handgun and began firing at the home as he was walking down the street.
Dominique Brooks, 24, and others were on the porch when Brooks was shot in the chest. She died later at a Nacogdoches hospital.
Brooks was not involved in the initial confrontation.
Isaac later fled the scene. He turned himself in a few days later.
Prosecuting attorney Carrie Gilcrease said Brooks was a hero.
"When the shooting began, instead of running and hiding, as many would do, Dominque Brooks began grabbing the children who were playing outside and placing them into the house," Gilcrease said. "She was shot and killed just as she, and other adults at the home, finished getting the children inside to safety. Dominique Brooks died while saving the lives of her little girl and several other children."
Isaac will be eligible for parole in 25 years.
Gilcrease said the plea deal means Brooks' family will not have to go through the stress of a trial.
"The plea agreement in this case was reached only after having extensive conversations with both law enforcement and the victim's family," Gilcrease said.