Marbury man sentenced to 20 years in prison for 2013 murder

Published 3:41 pm Monday, November 17, 2014

A 64-year-old Marbury man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Nov. 12 for murder in a 2013 deadly shooting in the Lily Hill community.

Lum Abner Gill, who lists an address in Mabury, appeared in court before Chilton County Circuit Judge Ben A. Fuller.

Gill, dressed in a checkered shirt, blue jeans and dark spectacles, told Fuller he was “sorry.”

“I’m sure everyone involved in this is sorry,” Fuller responded.

Gill pleaded guilty in July to murder for the death of Calvin Ann Sartain, 52, of Clanton.

The shooting happened in June 2013 at Gill’s residence in Lily Hill after two Chilton County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a disturbance call earlier that afternoon.

Authorities at the time of the incident said Gill and Sartain, who were dating, got into a fight earlier in the day at Sartain’s home in Clanton.

The fight escalated at Gill’s home in the Lily Hill community in Verbena.

Deputies arrived on the scene to serve as peacemakers between the couple.

After working to calm both parties down and not perceiving the situation as a threat, deputies allowed Gill to go back inside the residence.

Once inside, Gill retrieved a shotgun from behind a door and shot and killed Sartain.

Gill was taken into custody June 9, 2013, and taken to the Chilton County Jail, where he was later released on a $150,000 bond.

Gill was indicted in 2013 on two charges including murder and domestic violence in the first degree. As part of his plea agreement, prosecutors agreed to dismiss the domestic violence in the first degree charge.

“What this comes down to is the victim was shot and killed in cold blood,” Assistant District Attorney Brandon Bates with the 19th Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office said. “She has family members who will never get to see her again.”

Some of Gill’s family members stood behind him as he received his sentence, and he was later escorted out of the courtroom.