Tonja Lofton traveled from Maryland to the Quad Cities for the sentencing of Marcus Holmes for the death of her brother, Abbott Perry. Police allege Holmes hit Perry with a stolen car near the Centennial Bridge in November 2022.

Lofton was there Tuesday in Rock Island County Court to hear the judgment after a plea deal, sentencing Holmes to 11 years in prison.

Michael Frachalla of Local 4 News was in court and spoke with the victim’s family about their lost loved one, a man they called a “superhero.”

The incident

On Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, detectives from the Rock Island Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division obtained an arrest warrant for Marcus C. Holmes, of Rock Island, for Reckless Homicide, Failure to Report and Accident Involving Injury (2 Counts), and Unlawful Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, with bond set at $1 million (10% applies), according to a release from Rock Island police.

Marcus Holmes (photo: Rock Island Police Department)

On Nov. 1, 2022 at 3:56 p.m., the Rock Island Police Department responded to a fatal traffic crash at the intersection of Illinois 92 and the off-ramp of the Stanley Talbot Memorial (Centennial) Bridge.

Upon arrival, officers observed a Chevrolet Aveo and Hyundai Azera with heavy damage from
the collision. A 52-year-old man was extricated from the Aveo and transported to UnityPoint Trinity Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

An occupant of the Hyundai was also transported to the hospital with serious but believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.

The victim of the fatal crash was identified as Abbott Lee Perry, 52, of Davenport.

Witnesses to the crash reported that the driver of the Hyundai exited the car and fled the scene. It was determined that the Hyundai had been reported stolen in Rock Island on Oct. 30, police said.