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Adams County Man Sentenced to Life Imprisonment


Larry Clark, of Big Flats, Sentenced for the 2010 Killing of His Mother


MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that Larry Clark, 61, of Big Flats, WI, was sentenced to serve life in prison with the possibility of release only after 30 years for the 2010 killing of his mother, Marcella Clark. A jury found Larry Clark guilty of first degree intentional homicide, hiding a corpse, two counts of uttering a forgery, identity theft, and two counts of false information on a missing person following a trial three weeks ago. Juneau County Judge Paul Curran presided over the trial and sentencing. Clark was sentenced to concurrent maximum sentences on all six other counts.


During the trial, the State presented evidence that Clark shot his mother, Marcella Clark, in the back with a revolver while she stood in the kitchen of their shared residence. Clark then left the body on a tarp in woods on the property. In the subsequent several months, Larry Clark used his deceased mother’s checking accounts and credit cards to purchase food and other items at local stores. When confronted by police and others questioning his mother’s whereabouts, Clark told several different lies including that she was out of state with relatives or in the hospital dying. Marcella Clark’s body was eventually discovered by investigators with the assistance of search dogs approximately four months after she is believed to have been killed by Larry Clark.


The State was represented by Adams County District Attorney Tania M. Bonnett and Assistant Attorney General David Maas. The case was investigated by the Department of Justice -- Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and the Adams County Sheriff’s Office. Victim and witness services were provided by the Adams County District Attorney’s Office.