ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- A jury has convicted a second man of murder during a 2009 home invasion that left a woman dead and two first responders seriously injured
On Monday evening, a St. Louis jury convicted Mario Coleman, 24, of first-degree murder for the death of Gina Stallis in a home-invasion that happened in October 2009 in the LaSalle Park neighborhood.
Coleman was found guilty of 25 other felony counts including kidnapping and burglary.
This guilty verdict includes a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Coleman’s accomplice, Ledale Nathan Jr., 18, was also found guilty on 26 counts, including the first-degree murder of nurse Gina Stallis and is currently serving life in prison.
Prosecutors said a firefighter who was a cousin of Stallis was leaving a family home around 1 a.m. with an off-duty female police officer when two gunmen confronted them. The men forced the pair back into the house and tried to rob several people.
During a struggle, Stallis was shot once and the off-duty police officer five times. She survived.
Coleman’s attorney stated in his closing arguments that Coleman did rob the home; but he did not pull the trigger.
Gina Stallis left behind two young sons at the time of her death.