Former Officer Gets Life Sentence

1 decade 8 months 2 weeks ago Friday, November 02 2007 Nov 2, 2007 Friday, November 02, 2007 4:39:58 AM CDT November 02, 2007 in News
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HILLSBORO (AP) - A former St. Louis-area police officer was sentenced to life in prison in the shooting death of his live-in girlfriend, who was also a police officer. Robert Brooks, 38, was found guilty in August of second-degree murder in the 2006 killing of Amanda Cates. The two shared a home in the Crystal City area. Brooks was a police officer in Calverton Park. Cates was a school resource officer for Normandy Police. Cates was found dead in August 2006 in the bathroom of the home she shared with Brooks and his teenage daughter. She had been shot in the right cheek. Brooks had testified that it was Cates who pointed a gun at him. He said he was trying to disarm her when the gun fired accidentally. Jefferson County Circuit Judge M. Edward Williams also sentenced Brooks to 75 years in prison for armed criminal action. That sentence will be served concurrently with the life sentence.

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