Man pleads guilty to murder in 2014 triple homicide on Chili Ave.

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Mother of victim says admission still does not bring closure

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The man arrested for the triple homicide on Chili Avenue in 2014 has pleaded guilty.

Marlando Allen, 40, pleaded guilty to three counts of second degree murder for the Feb. 22, 2014 murder of Michael Nelson, Jaqueline Simmons and Jermeliah Simmons, who were all found dead in an apartment on Chili Avenue.

After an investigation by the Rochester Police Department, Andre McFarlane, Allen and a third defendant were arrested two months later.

In June of 2018, Allen was ruled not mentally fit to stand trial. Family members reported Allen would have odd behavior and suffered “visions” and “voices” during episodes when he went off his medications. However, in the court filing at the time, the doctor says Allen could be faking some of his symptoms.

Allen was deemed competent to stand trial in March of this year by the Office of Mental Health, according to the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office. The office also said Allen admitted his role in all three murder and will be sentenced for 15 years to life. The plea also makes him eligible for deportation.

“I want to thank the Rochester Police Department and the prosecutors before me who have worked on this case since 2014,” Assistant District Attorney Robin Catalano said in a statement. “This community will always remember the Chili Avenue triple homicide. Mr. Allen’s admission of guilt can finally give the family and friends of Michael Nelson, Jaqueline Simmons and Jermeliah Simmons peace.”

After Wednesday’s admission by Allen to the triple murder, the last word Toni Nelson, the mother of Michael Nelson, wants to hear is ‘closure’.

“There will never be closure, my son is dead,” says Nelson. Allen’s guilty plea, hardly an occasion to celebrate. “This guy gets to live, eat breathe, watch TV, whatever, (in prison)” she says.

Nelson says keeping her son’s memory alive is her new mission. “Because as long as I have a breath, people will know his name,” she says.

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She has a foundation called M2 or “M-Square” which promotes peace and social change for youth, a offers pathways away from violent behavior — the name M2 also comes from Nelson’s husband Michael Nelson, Sr. who was shot to death in 19930.

“I think it’s sad that right now young people prefer to just pull out a gun. I want to save as many as possible.”

Nelson says like the night in 2014 that took Michael away, a shot from a gun, cannot be undone. 
“Once you pull that trigger, it’s a done deal. And for what? For what?” she says.

You can find out more on M2 by emailing msquarefoundation@gmail.com.

Marlando Allen is scheduled for sentencing on November 19.

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