Man sentenced to 20 years in Portage homicide case

Man sentenced to 20 years in Portage homicide case

A man who turned himself in to authorities after killing another man in Portage last year was sentenced Monday to 20 years.

Mario F. Brown Jr., 24, pleaded no contest to second-degree reckless homicide and was found guilty in May for shooting and killing Jason Laack, 22, of rural Rio.

In Columbia County Court, Brown was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 10 years of extended supervision.

Laack was killed in Portage on Dec. 18. at the Cattail Lodge on New Pinery Road in Portage. Brown turned himself in to authorities the day after the shooting.

News 3 spoke to Laack’s mother, Jodi Roberts, in December after she said the Columbia County District’s Attorney’s Office wouldn’t release the body. At the time, the district attorney’s office said it didn’t want to release the body before potential suspects’ defense attorneys could review it. The body was eventually released to the family in April , unbeknownst to the DA or Johnson’s lawyer.