Accused shooter pleads guilty

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Sergeant admits to premeditated murder, aggravated assault

By Gina Clear

Accepting a charge of premeditated murder, Sgt. Marquinta Jacobs changed his plea to guilty today as his court-martial was scheduled to begin at Fort Knox.

Jacobs was sentenced to no more than 30 years in prison with parole eligibility after 10 years, as well as a dishonorable discharge with lowering his rank to E-1.

In addition to the murder charge, he entered a guilty plea on a related accusation of aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon.

Accused of killing 51-year-old Lloyd R. Gibert of Elizabethtown last April outside the Human Resources Command on post, Jacobs faced a general court-martial - the most serious level of military court. Two days had been set aside for the procedure, but it was resolved today.

Investigators in the shooting said Jacobs approached Gibert in a parking lot near the Human Resources Command building where Gibert worked. According to investigators, Jacobs pulled up in his truck, made comments to Gibert and fired a .45-caliber handgun "about eight times'' Jacobs said. The shooting developed out of what authorities described as a “domestic dispute.”

A native of Columbus, Ga., Gibert was a U.S. Army veteran and worked nine years with Human Resources Command.