by Heather Tomlinson
A man who held several people hostage at a local business in early 2011 and who pleaded guilty to his role in his wife’s murder in Madison County was sentenced in court this week.
Jason Singleton, 37, of Madison County, was sentenced Friday to 30 years in prison during a hearing in Madison County Circuit Court. Singleton in May pleaded guilty to one count of complicity to murder.
According to the Richmond Register, a sister paper to the Commonwealth Journal, Singleton admitted in a written statement that he dismembered the body of his wife, Angela Frazier-Singleton, and tried to cover up her murder.
During Friday’s hearing, prosecutor Jennifer Smith said Singleton seemed less than truthful in his written confession concerning the role he played in Frazier-Singleton’s death, according to the Register.
According to the Register, Singleton stated he was on his back deck on Jan 18, 2011, smoking a cigarette, when Christina Marcum, his then-girlfriend, strangled and then beat Frazier-Singleton to death.
Singleton admitted through the written statement that he dismembered Frazier-Singleton’s body in an effort to cover up the crime. Her body was found the next day, on Jan. 19, 2011, in several trash bags by a road.
The next day, on Jan 20, 2011, Singleton was arrested in Pulaski County after a stand-off with police at a local business. He took several people hostage during the incident.
Somerset Police on Jan. 20, 2011 responded to a report of a “suspicious” sight at the Somerset Mall on South U.S. 27. A man with a handgun was seen by several people. When patrol units and detectives arrived at the scene, it was learned that the suspect had already fled in an SUV stolen from Enterprise Drive behind the mall.
Law enforcement tracked the suspect down near Super Service shortly thereafter and Singleton still had the firearm with him. Singleton took four people hostage inside the building, and the stand-off lasted about 15 minutes before Singleton released them.
Singleton was later named a “person of interest” in the death of Frazier-Singleton.
In December 2011, Singleton was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his offenses here in Pulaski County. Smith had pleaded guilty the month before to four counts of unlawful imprisonment — merged into one count — and first-degree criminal mischief.
Singleton is serving the 10-year sentence concurrently, or at the same time as, the 30-year sentence handed down in the murder case.
The Register reported that Marcum, the other defendant in the case, was the “hands-on” strangler of Frazier-Singleton. She is facing murder and several other charges connected with the case and is expected to go to trial in March 2014.