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Forster to be sentenced in April

Forster to be sentenced in April

2 months, 1 week ago Scott Hardy/Associated Press

Former Hannibal man convicted of murdering St. Louis County police officer

A 20-year-old former Hannibal man, convicted of fatally shooting a St. Louis County police officer, will be sentenced in April.

Court records show that on Monday, St. Louis County Judge Kristine Kerr set an April 18th sentencing date for Trenton Forster. He was convicted Friday of first-degree murder in the October 2016 killing of 33-year-old Blake Snyder during a disturbance call. The caller reported the former Hannibal Middle School student was banging on the door of a girl's home. Snyder's partner shot Forster several times after Snyder was shot. Forster faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Prosecutors announced previously that they wouldn't seek the death penalty.

During the trial, the defense conceded that Forster killed Snyder but argued that he should be convicted of second-degree murder, citing a "diminished capacity" because of Forster's history of trauma, mental illness and drug use. That charge would have carried a 30-year sentence and the possibility of parole.

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